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

  • If you were adjudicated (found guilty) on or after July 1, 1996, your record can be sealed two years 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.
  • If you were adjudicated (found guilty) before July 1, 1996, 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 successfully complete diversion, your record can be sealed two years after you complete the diversion. 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.
  • Records relating to juvenile court proceedings can be expunged two years after successful completion of diversion, so long as the court finds that the person has been rehabilitated.

You may not be eligible for sealing or expungement if you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record or have pending criminal or juvenile charges.

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Records relating to a conviction of a qualifying crime, or crimes arising out of the same incident, can be expunged or sealed by the court five years after the sentence is completed or the commencement of a successfully completed indeterminate term of probation, if the petitioner has no subsequent convictions and has paid all restitution. 13 V.S.A. § 7602(b).

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Records relating to a conviction of a qualifying crime, or crimes arising out of the same incident, can be expunged or sealed by the court 10 years after the sentence is completed, if the petitioner has no felony conviction in the previous seven years and no misdemeanor conviction in the past five years, and has paid all restitution. 13 V.S.A. § 7602(c).

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Records relating to a conviction for an offense that is no longer prohibited by law or designated as a criminal offense can be expunged by the court at any time after sentence completion, if the petitioner has paid any restitution in full. 13 V.S.A. § 7602(a)(1)(B), (e).

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Records relating to a conviction for an offense committed before age 21 can be sealed by the court after two years. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(g).

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Records relating to a conviction can be vacated by the court if the conviction resulted from being a victim of human trafficking. 13 V.S.A. § 2658..

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Records relating to a case dismissed after the successful completion  of probation under section 7041 will be expunged by the court, absent a finding of good cause not to expunge. 13 V.S.A. § 7041(a), (e).

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Records relating to a case dismissed following the successful completion of adult diversion on or after July 1, 2002 can be sealed by the court. 3 V.S.A. § 164(e).

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Records relating to a case dismissed following the completion of adult diversion before July 1, 2002 can be sealed upon petition to the court. 3 V.S.A. § 164(j).

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The criminal history record is sealed by the court 12 months after a finding of no probable cause, dismissal at arraignment, or dismissal without prejudice before trial, unless the prosecuting attorney objects. 13 V.S.A. § 7603(a).

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Records relating to a juvenile charged with a criminal offense on or after July 1, 2006, are sealed by the court upon dismissal of the case. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(h)(1).

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Records relating to a juvenile charged with a criminal offense prior to July 1, 2006, can be sealed by the court two years after the charge is dismissed. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(h)(2).

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The criminal history record of a case ending in acquittal or dismissal with prejudice before trial is expunged by the court within 45 days, or at any time if the prosecuting attorney so stipulates. 13 V.S.A. § 7603(e).

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The criminal history record of a case ending without conviction can be sealed or expunged by the court at any time. 13 V.S.A. § 7603(g).

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The criminal history record of a case sealed pursuant to 13 V.S.A. § 7603(a) is expunged after the statute of limitations period expires, unless either party objects. 13 V.S.A. § 7603(f).

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The criminal history record of a case sealed pursuant to 13 V.S.A. § 7603 before July 1, 2018 can be expunged by the court, unless the state's attorney objects. 13 V.S.A. § 7603(h).

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Records relating to a child adjudicated delinquent on or after July 1, 1996, will be sealed if two years have elapsed since the final discharge, unless the state's attorney files an objection and the court finds that the child is subject to a disqualifying event and has not been satisfactorily rehabilitated. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(a).

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Records relating to a child adjudicated delinquent prior to July 1, 1996, will be sealed upon a petition or the court's own motion, if the court finds that the child is not subject to a disqualifying event and has been satisfactorily rehabilitated. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(b).

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Records relating to juvenile court proceedings can be expunged two years after successful completion of diversion, so long as the court finds that the person has been rehabilitated. 3 V.S.A. § 163(e).

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