Maryland Maryland

Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed or expunged in Maryland. 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

All juvenile records are eligible to be sealed. You have to submit a request to the court to start the process. If you are older than 21, the judge has to grant your request. If you are under 21, it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.

You may be eligible to have your juvenile record expunged if all the following are true:

  • You are 18 or older;
  • You have only one non-violent misdemeanor adjudication on your record;
  • You have no open cases or pending charges;
  • More than two years have passed since anything happened in your juvenile case;
  • You have paid all restitution; and
  • You are not required to register as a sex offender.

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.

Find a Lawyer

If you think you might be eligible to have your record sealed or 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 first offender conviction of a nonviolent offense, for which a full and unconditional pardon has been granted, can be expunged by the court 10 years after the pardon is granted. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-105(a)(8), (c)(4).

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Records relating to specified low-level offenses can be expunged by the court three years after sentence completion or a finding of not criminally responsible. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-105(a)(9)-(10), (c)(6)-(7).

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Records relating to specified misdemeanor convictions can be expunged by the court 10 years after sentence completion. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-110(a), (c)(1).

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Records relating to misdemeanor convictions for assault in the second degree or a domestically related offense can be expunged by the court 15 years after sentence completion. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-110(c)(2).

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Records related to an eligible conviction can be shielded by the court three years after sentence completion. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. §§ 10-303(a), 10-301(f).

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Records relating to a conviction for an act that is no longer a crime can be expunged by the court. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-105(a)(11).

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Records relating to a prostitution conviction can be vacated by the court if the person committed the offense under duress as a victim of human trafficking. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 8-302.

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Records relating to a specified felony conviction can be expunged by the court 15 years after sentence completion. Md. Crim Proc. Code Ann. § 10-110(a)(2).

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Records relating to an arrest resulting in probation before judgment, "stet", or compromise under Md. Crim. Law Code Ann. section 3-307 can be expunged by the court upon discharge from probation, completion of treatment, or three years after disposition, whichever is later. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-105(a)(3)-(6) and (c)(2), (5).

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Records relating to an arrest resulting in a nolle prosequi with the requirement of drug or alcohol treatment can be expunged by the court upon completion of the required treatment. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-105(a)(4), (c)(3).

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Records relating to an arrest occurring before October 1, 2007, for which no charges are filed can be expunged by the law enforcement agency. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-103.

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A record of arrest occurring on or after October 1, 2007, for which charges are not filed will be expunged within 60 days of the petitioner's release. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-103.1.

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Records relating to a case in which a nolle prosequi is entered prior to service on the defendant can be expunged by the court. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-104.

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Records relating to an arrest resulting in an acquittal, nolle prosequi, or a dismissal can be expunged by the court three years after the disposition, unless the petitioner files a written general waiver and release of all tort claims arising from the charge. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 10-105(a)(1), (2), (4), and (c)(1).

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A record relating to charges against a child can be sealed on the court's own motion or by a petition for good cause shown any time before the person reaches 21 years of age. Md. Code Ann., Cts & Jud. Proc. § 3-8A-27(c).

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A record relating to charges against a child will be sealed upon petition or the court's own motion any time after the person reaches 21 years of age. Md. Code Ann., Cts & Jud. Proc. § 3-8A-27(c).  

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Records relating to a person who has only one misdemeanor adjudication can be expunged so long as the person is at least 18 years old, at least two years have passed since the last official action in any of the cases, and the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Md. Code Ann., Cts & Jud. Proc. § 3-8A-27.1.  

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Records relating to a person who has dismissed charges can be expunged so long as the person is at least 18 years old, at least two years have passed since the last official action in any of the cases, and the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Md. Code Ann., Cts & Jud. Proc. § 3-8A-27.1.  

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