Overview Description

The criminal history record of a case ending in acquittal or dismissal with prejudice before trial is expunged by the court within 45 days, or at any time if the prosecuting attorney so stipulates. 13 V.S.A. § 7603(e).

Ineligible Category or Citation

There is no statutory language regarding ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

Within 45 days of acquittal or dismissal with prejudice before trial, the judge orders the criminal history record expunged. 13 V.S.A. § 7603(e).

Fees

There are no fees.

Effect

The petitioner is treated in all respects as if there was no arrest, conviction, or sentence. Employment and licensing applications may not require information about expunged or sealed records. 13 V.S.A. §§ 7606(a), (b), 7607(a), (b).

Waiting Periods

There is no waiting period.

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