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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be destroyed in Puerto Rico. 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  

  • Law enforcement records that are related to your interactions with police should be automatically destroyed when you turn 18. You should not have to do anything to get the record destroyed.
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Records relating to a misdemeanor conviction can be eliminated from the Criminal Record Certificate six months after sentence completion, so long as the person has not committed another crime and has a good reputation in the community. P.R. Laws Ann. tit. 34, § 1725a-1. (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records relating to a felony conviction can be eliminated from the Criminal Record Certificate five years after sentence completion, so long as the person has not committed another crime, has a good reputation in the community, and has given a DNA sample, if required. P.R. Laws Ann. tit. 34, § 1725a-2. (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Records of fingerprints and photographs in possession of the Police of Puerto Rico are returned following the dismissal after a successful completion of pre-judgment probation in a first-offense drug possession case. P.R. Laws Ann. tit. 24, § 2404 (b)(1). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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Any record of a minor in the custody of the police will be destroyed when the minor reaches 18 years of age. P.R. Laws Ann. tit.34, § 2237(e). (Cannot link directly to statutes.)

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