Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed in Iowa. Please note that the Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not provide legal advice.
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Juvenile Record Clearance Policies Overview
Most juvenile records can be sealed.
You may not be eligible for sealing if you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record or if you have a pending criminal or juvenile case.
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If you think you might be eligible to have your record sealed, 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 of conviction for consumption of alcohol or intoxication in public places can be expunged by the court two years after the conviction, if the person has no other criminal convictions other than local traffic violations or simple misdemeanor motor vehicle violations during that time. Iowa Code § 123.46(6).View Details
Records relating to a conviction for underage alcohol offenses can be expunged by the court two years after the conviction if the petitioner has no other convictions, other than local traffic violations or simple misdemeanor motor vehicle violations, within the two-year period. Iowa Code § 123.47(8).View Details
Records relating to an adjudication of delinquency, except felonies or aggravated misdemeanors if committed by an adult, can be sealed after two years have passed since the last official action or the person has turned 18 years old, whichever is later, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Iowa Code § 232.150(1)(a).View Details
Records relating to an adjudication that, if committed by an adult, would be considered an aggravated misdemeanor or a felony can be sealed upon petition after two years have passed since the last official action or the person has turned 18 years old, whichever is later, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Iowa Code § 232.150(1)(b).View Details