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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed or destroyed in Alabama. Please note that the Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not provide legal advice.

Read the legal policies and statutes for detailed statutory information.

Juvenile Record Clearance Policies Overview

  • Most juvenile records can be sealed two years after your case closes or after you are released from custody or supervision (probation), whichever is later. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.
  • Your record can be destroyed after you turn 24. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.

If you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record, you may not be eligible to seal or destroy your record.

Find a Lawyer

If you think you might be eligible to have your record sealed or destroyed, find a lawyer who may be able to help you. Some lawyers might help you for free, although you may still need to pay a fee to file the paperwork in court.

Court Forms and Resources

If you cannot find a lawyer to help you, you may be able to file a petition on your own using these court forms and resources.

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Contact information for legal aid organizations, bar associations, and other organizations that engage in record clearance work is provided for informational purposes only. The Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not endorse or recommend any organization or individual referenced on the site. If you are a legal service provider who offers record clearance services, please contact us.

Records relating to an offense that resulted from being a victim of human trafficking can be expunged by the court at any time. Code of Ala. §§ 15-27-1(a)(5), 15-27-2(a)(6), (b).

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Records relating to charges for a felony offense that was dismissed after successful completion of a drug court program, mental health court program, diversion program, veteran's court, or any court-approved deferred prosecution program can be expunged by the court one year after completion of the program. Ala. Code § 15-27-2(a)(4).

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Records relating to a charge for a misdemeanor criminal offense, violation, traffic violation, or municipal ordinance can be expunged by the court immediately following dismissal of the charges with prejudice, a return of no bill by the grand jury, or a finding of not guilty. Ala. Code § 15-27-1(a)(1)-(3).

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Records relating to a charge for a misdemeanor criminal offense, violation, traffic violation, or municipal ordinance can be expunged by the court two years after the charge is dismissed without prejudice, so long as the charge has not been refiled and the petitioner has not been convicted of any offense other than minor traffic violations during that time. Ala. Code § 15-27-1(a)(4).

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Records relating to a charge for a felony criminal offense can be expunged by the court 90 days after dismissal of the charge with prejudice, a return of no bill by the grand jury, or a finding of not guilty or nolle prosequi, so long as the charge has not been refiled. Ala. Code § 15-27-2(a)(6).

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Records relating to a charge for a felony criminal offense can be expunged by the court five years after the charge is dismissed without prejudice, so long as the charge has not been refiled and the petitioner has not been convicted of any offense other than minor traffic violations during that time. Ala. Code § 15-27-2(a)(5).

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Records relating to certain juvenile adjudications can be sealed once a motion is filed with the juvenile court, provided that the petitioner meets certain requirements. Ala. Code § 12-15-136.

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Records relating to a juvenile delinquency case can be destroyed provided that the petitioner meets certain requirements. Ala. Code § 12-15-137.

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