Overview Description

Records relating to a conviction for an offense committed before age 21 can be sealed by the court after two years. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(g).

Ineligible Category or Citation

See 13 V.S.A. § 5301 for ineligible ("listed") offenses.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the court of conviction. For the specific procedure, see 33 V.S.A. section 5119(g).

Fees

$90. Part or all of the fee can be waived if the court finds that the person is unable to pay it. 32 V.S.A. § 1431(e),(h).

Effect

To "seal" a file or record means to physically and electronically segregate the record in a manner that ensures confidentiality of the record and limits access only to those persons who are authorized by law or court order to view the record. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(j).

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed two years after the person's final discharge. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(g).

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