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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be expunged, sealed, or vacated in Indiana. 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—including police and court records—can be expunged at any time. 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.
 
  • Certain records may be vacated if you were a victim of human trafficking, so long as no one was physically injured. 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.
 
  • State police records are automatically sealed when you turn 22. You should not have to do anything to get these records sealed. You may not be eligible for sealing if you have an arrest for certain offenses on your record.
Find a Lawyer If you think you might be eligible to have your record expunged, sealed, or vacated, 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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Records relating to a conviction that was vacated on appeal can be expunged by the court one year after the conviction was vacated, so long as the petitioner is not participating in a pretrial diversion program. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-38-9-1(a), (b).

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All records relating to a misdemeanor conviction can be expunged by the court five years after the date of conviction, unless the prosecuting attorney consents in writing to a shorter period. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-38-9-2(c).

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All records relating to a Class D or Level 6 felony conviction can be expunged by the court eight years after the date of conviction, unless the prosecuting attorney consents in writing to a shorter period. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-38-9-3(c).

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All records relating to a felony conviction, other than those provided for in section 35-38-9-3, can be expunged by the court eight years after the date of conviction or three years after sentence completion, unless the prosecuting attorney consents in writing to a shorter period. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-38-9-4(a), (c).

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All records relating to a felony conviction described in section 35-38-9-5(a) can be expunged 10 years after the date of conviction or five years after completion of the sentence, unless the prosecuting attorney consents in writing to a shorter period. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-38-9-5(a), (c).

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A conviction for an offense that did not result in a bodily injury to another person can be vacated, and the related records expunged, if the offense resulted from being a victim of human trafficking. Ind. Code Ann. §§ 35-38-10-2, 35-38-9-1.

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Records relating to an arrest that did not result in a conviction can be expunged by the court one year after the date of arrest, so long as the petitioner is not participating in a pretrial diversion program. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-38-9-1(a), (b).

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An adjudication that resulted from being a victim of human trafficking can be vacated by the court immediately. Ind. Code Ann. § 31-37-22-11.

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A record relating to juvenile court proceedings can be expunged. Ind. Code Ann. § 31-39-8-2(a).

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State police records relating to juvenile history data will be sealed when the person turns 22 years old. Ind. Code Ann §10-13-4-13.

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