Maine Maine

Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed in Maine. 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 three years after your case closes or you are released from probation. 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 sealing if you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record or have pending criminal or juvenile charges.   Find a Lawyer 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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Maine: Criminal Record Challenge Process (Adult)

Maine: Criminal Record Challenge Process (Adult)

Maine State Bureau of Identification

Maine: Executive Clemency – Pardons and Commutations (Adult)

Maine: Executive Clemency – Pardons and Commutations (Adult)

Maine Department of Corrections

Records relating to a conviction for which the person received a full and free pardon are confidential. 16 M.R.S. § 703(2)(L).

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Records relating to Class E offenses committed between the ages of 18-20 can be restricted by the court four years after sentence completion. 15 M.R.S. § 2252.

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Records related to a case that was dismissed with prejudice following a deferred disposition will become confidential criminal history information. 17-A M.R.S. § 1348-B, 16 M.R.S. § 703.

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Records of an arrest and conviction involving a person whose identity was stolen and falsely used can be corrected by the court. 15 M.R.S. §§ 2182, 2183.  

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Records of an arrest or court proceeding that did not lead to a conviction immediately become confidential. 16 M.R.S. § 703(2).

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Records of an arrest or court proceeding in which no active prosecution is pending become confidential one year from arrest, summons, or the filing of charges. 16 M.R.S. § 703(2)(A), (F).

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A record relating to a juvenile adjudication can be sealed unless the court finds that the general public's right to information substantially outweighs the juvenile's interest in privacy. 15 M.R.S.A. § 3308(8).

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