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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed or destroyed in Mississippi. 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.  

  • If your case was dismissed or the adjudication (conviction) was set aside, your record can be sealed 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.
 
  • If you were adjudicated (found guilty), your record can be sealed after you turn 20. 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 can submit a request to the court to have your juvenile records destroyed at any time, but it is up to the judge whether or not to grant your request.   Most juvenile sex offense cases cannot be sealed or destroyed.   Find a Lawyer If you think you might be eligible to have your record sealed or destroyed, 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.

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Records relating to a first-time misdemeanor offense conviction in a municipal court can be expunged if the petitioner was under 23 years old at the time of the conviction. Miss. Code Ann. § 21-23-7(7). (Cannot link directly to statutes, link takes you to a search feature)

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Records relating to a first-time misdemeanor conviction that is not a traffic violation can be expunged by the court after sentence completion. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-71(1). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to one qualifying felony conviction can be expunged by the court five years after sentence completion. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-71(2)(a). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to one felony conviction committed before age 21 may be expunged by the court five years after sentence completion. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-71(2)(b). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a conviction under this act can be vacated by the court if it finds that the defendant's participation in the offense was the result of being a victim of human trafficking. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-54.6(5). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to misdemeanor convictions can be expunged by the municipal court two years after the last conviction. Miss. Code Ann. § 21-23-7(6). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)  

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Records relating to a conviction for purchasing or possessing alcohol under age 21 can be expunged by the court one year after sentence completion. Miss. Code Ann. § 67-3-70(6). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)  

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Records relating to a first-time conviction for driving under the influence pursuant to subsection (2) or (3) can be expunged by the court five years after sentence completion, so long as the petitioner did not have a commercial driver's license or learning permit at the time of the offense. Miss. Code Ann. § 63-11-30(13). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records of a case dismissed after the successful completion of court-imposed conditions can be expunged by the court. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-15-26. (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records of a case with a noncriminal disposition following the successful completion of a pretrial intervention program can be expunged by the court. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-15-123. (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records of a case dismissed following the successful completion of a drug court program will be expunged. However, no expungement of any implied consent violation is allowed. Miss. Code Ann. § 9-23-23. (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records of a case for which a person successfully fulfilled a mental health court order and other requirements of probation or suspension of sentence are expunged by the court. Miss. Code Ann. § 9-27-19. (Cannot link directly to statutes)

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Records of an arrest and conviction naming an identity theft victim as the perpetrator of a crime can be expunged by the court. Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-27. (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a misdemeanor offense for which no charges were filed or the charge did not result in prosecution can be expunged by the court 12 months after the arrest or citation. Miss. Code Ann. §§ 99-15-59, 99-19-71(4). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records of a misdemeanor charge can be expunged by the court upon dismissal. Miss. Code Ann. §§ 99-15-59, 99-19-71. (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records of a case where the charges are dropped or dismissed, or there is no disposition, will be expunged by the municipal court judge. Miss. Code Ann. § 21-23-7(13). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to matters that the youth court dismissed or set aside may be sealed. Miss.Code Ann. § 43-21-263(1)(b), (c).
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Records relating to any youth court matters can be sealed so long as the person has reached 20 years of age. Miss. Code Ann. § 43-21-263(1)(a). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to any youth court matters can be destroyed. Miss. Code Ann. § 43-21-265.
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