Kentucky Kentucky

Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be expunged in Kentucky. 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 expunged.

  • If charges were filed against you, but you were not adjudicated (not found guilty), your juvenile record should be automatically expunged. You should not have to do anything to get the record expunged.
  • With certain exceptions, if you were adjudicated (found guilty) of a violation, misdemeanor, single felony, or a series of felonies arising from a single incident, your record can be expunged two years after your case, probation, or commitment ends. 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.

You may not be eligible for expungement if you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record or have pending criminal or juvenile charges.

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If you think you might be eligible to have your record expunged, 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 single misdemeanor, violation, or traffic violation conviction, or series of such convictions arising from a single incident, will be expunged by the court five years after sentence completion if the petitioner meets the criteria specified in subsection (4). KRS § 431.078(1)(a), (2), (4).

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Records relating to a series of misdemeanors, violations, or traffic infraction convictions not arising from a single incident can be expunged by the court five years after sentence completion if the petitioner meets the criteria specified in subsection (5). KRS § 431.078(1)(b), (2), (5).

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Records relating to a single conviction of a specified Class D felony, or a series of such convictions arising from a single incident, can be expunged by the court five years after sentence completion. KRS § 431.073(1), (2).

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Records relating to an offense for which the petitioner received a full pardon can be expunged by the court. KRS § 431.073(1).

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Records relating to a first conviction for possession of marijuana, synthetic drugs, or salvia that was voided upon the petitioner's successful completion of the sentence will be sealed by the court. KRS § 218A.276(1), (8), (9).

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Records relating to a prostitution offense or an offense that is not a violent crime can be expunged by the court if the person's participation in the offense was the direct result of being a human trafficking victim. KRS § 529.160.

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Records relating to a first conviction for possession of certain controlled substances that was voided upon the petitioner's successful completion of the sentence will be sealed by the court. KRS § 218A.275(1), (8), (9).

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Records relating to a case that was dismissed after the successful completion of a deferred prosecution program for a first or second offense of possession of a controlled substance in the first degree charge will be sealed by the court. KRS § 218A.14151(1), (3).

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Records of qualifying Class D and C felony cases are marked "dismissed-diverted" by the court immediately upon successful completion of pretrial diversion. KRS § 533.258.

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Records related to a criminal offense can be expunged by the court 60 days after the charges are dismissed with prejudice or a finding of not guilty. KRS § 431.076(1), (2).

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Records related to a criminal offense can be expunged by the court 12 months after the charges filed in the district court do not result in an indictment by a grand jury. KRS § 431.076(1), (2).

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Records relating to a sexual offense in which the spouse was the accuser are expunged by the court following a dismissal with prejudice or an acquittal. KRS § 510.300.  

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Records relating to a criminal offense that is dismissed without prejudice can be expunged by the court after five years. KRS § 431.076(2).

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A record relating to dismissed charges, whether the court dismissed the petition or found the child to be not delinquent, will be expunged  with the dismissal. KRS § 610.330(7).

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A record relating to misdemeanors, violations, a single felony, or a series of felonies arising from a single incident can be expunged, so long as the petitioner is not subject to a disqualifying event and at least two years have passed. KRS § 610.330(1)-(2).

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