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Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be sealed in South Dakota. 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 one year after your case, probation, or commitment ends. 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 expungement if you have certain 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 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.

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Records relating to a charge or conviction for a petty offense, municipal ordinance violation, or a Class 2 misdemeanor as the highest charge can be removed from the public record after 10 years, if all court-ordered conditions are satisfied. S.D. Codified Laws § 23A-3-34.

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Records relating to misdemeanor offenses can be destroyed by the Bureau of Criminal Statistics 10 years after the date of the final disposition. S.D. Codified Laws § 23-6-8.1.

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Records relating to an arrest and court proceedings can be destroyed by the Bureau of Criminal Statistics once a person reaches the age of 75, if no violation has occurred within 10 years of the authorized destruction date. S.D. Codified Laws § 23-6-8.1.

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Records relating to an arrest and court proceedings for an incident that is no longer a crime in South Dakota can be destroyed by the Bureau of Criminal Statistics at any time. S.D. Codified Laws § 23-6-8.1.

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Records relating to a conviction which has been pardoned can be sealed. S.D. Codified Laws §§ 24-14-1; 24-14-11.

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Upon dismissal for the successful completion of pre-judgment probation for a person with no prior convictions, records of arrest and court proceedings are sealed. S.D. Codified Laws §§ 23A-27-17; 23A-27-12.2; 23A-27-13.

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Records relating to an arrest can be expunged at any time after an acquittal. S.D. Codified Laws § 23A-3-27.

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Records relating to an arrest can be expunged one year after case dismissal or one year after arrest if no charges filed. S.D. Codified Laws § 23A-3-27.

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A delinquency adjudication that resulted from being a victim of human trafficking can be vacated, and the related court records can be expunged, after the person reaches 18 years of age. S.D. Codified Laws § 26-7A-115.1.

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Records relating to a delinquency matter can be sealed if the court finds that the child has been satisfactorily rehabilitated and the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. S.D. Codified Laws § 26-7A-115.

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