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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed in Nebraska. 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 you were not officially charged or your charges were dismissed, your record should be automatically sealed. You should not have to do anything to get the record sealed.
  • If you were adjudicated (found guilty) and successfully completed probation, supervision, or a treatment program when you were younger than 17, your record can be sealed. 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) and successfully completed probation, supervision, or a treatment program when you were 17 or older, your record can be sealed. 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.

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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 relating to a conviction for a misdemeanor or infraction in county court, other than a traffic offense, that occurred when the petitioner was under age 18 can be sealed by the court upon sentence completion. Neb. Rev. Stat §§ 43-2, 108.01 et seq.

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Records relating to a case that resulted from the defendant being a victim of human trafficking can be sealed after the conviction is set aside. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-3523(4).

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Records relating to a conviction for which a person has received a pardon can be sealed immediately. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-3523(5).

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All criminal history information relating to an arrest for which no charges were filed as a result of a completed diversion program is removed from the public record two years after the date of arrest, citation, or referral for prosecution without citation. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-3523(3)(b).

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All criminal history information relating to a charge for which the defendant completed a program prescribed by a drug court or any other problem-solving court are removed from the public record. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-3523(3)(c)(iv).  

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All criminal history information relating to an arrest made because of a law enforcement agency's error can be expunged. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-3523(6).

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All criminal history information relating to an arrest for which no charges are filed as a result of a determination of the prosecuting attorney is removed from the public record one year after the date of arrest, citation, or referral for prosecution without citation. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-3523(3)(a).

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All criminal history information relating to an arrest that results in dismissal of all charges or an acquittal is removed from the public record. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 29-3523(3)(c)(i)-(iii).

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A record relating to a delinquency matter where charges were filed but later dismissed must be sealed immediately upon notice of the dismissal. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-2,108.03(3), (4).

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A delinquency adjudication that resulted from being a victim of human trafficking may be vacated, and the related records sealed, immediately. Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 29-3005, 29-3523.

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Records relating to a delinquency adjudication is sealed after the child has succcessfully completed juvenile probation, supervision, or other treatment or rehabilitation program, or a county court probation or sentence. R.R.S. Neb. § 43-2,108.03(4).

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Records relating to a delinquency case that were not automatically sealed can be sealed by the court once the person reaches the age of majority or six months have passed since the case was closed. R.R.S. Neb. § 43-2,108.03(6).

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A record relating to a juvenile arrest but where charges were not filed, including where the juvenile satisfactorily completed diversion or mediation, must be sealed immediately. Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-2,108.03.

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