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Adult Criminal Record Clearance Overview

  • If you were convicted ofprostitution for something that happened before July 2014 because you were a victim of human trafficking, the conviction can be vacated immediately. You must file a petition in court to start the process, and it is up to the judge to determine whether to grant your petition. 
  • If you were convicted of certain marijuana related charges that occurred before July 12, 2021, you can get your record expunged. You must file a petition with the court. 
  • You can have your criminal record sealed if you have completed your sentence, paid all restitution, your charge was dismissed or resulted in an acquittal, and you have no arrests or pending charges. You must file a petition with the court, and it is up to the judge to determine whether to grant your petition. 
  • Beginning July 12, 2021, you can have your record of arrest, charge, adjudication, conviction, or sentence expunged for the following offenses occurring before the effective date: (a) possessing, consuming, or transporting two and one-half ounces or less of marijuana; (b) possessing, transporting, cultivating or processing no more than six marijuana plants at the person’s primary residence for personal use; or (c) possessing, using or transporting paraphernalia for cultivating, manufacturing, processing, or consuming marijuana. You must file a petition with the court, and it is up to the judge to determine whether to grant your petition. 
  • You may have your criminal case record sealed if you were convicted of a criminal offense and have completed all of the terms and conditions of the sentence that was imposed by the court, including the payment of all monetary obligations and restitution to all victims, your charge was dismissed or resulted in a not guilty verdict, or you were arrested for a criminal offense and no charges were filed. 

If you were assigned to the drug court program and were subsequently found guilty and put on probation, you can have your charges dismissed for certain drug related offenses. You must file a petition with the court upon completion of the terms and conditions of probation, and it is up to the court to determine whether to grant your petition. 

Records for a wrongful arrest, conviction, or indictment for which you were never convicted are eligible for to be sealed. You must file a petition in the superior court, and it is up to the judge to determine whether to grant your petition. 

Adult Criminal Record Clearance Policies

    Records relating to a prostitution conviction pursuant to section 13-3214 that was committed prior to July 24, 2014, can be vacated by the court if the conviction was obtained as a direct result of the petitioner's having been a victim of human trafficking. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-907.01(A).
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    Beginning July 12, 2021 records relating to (a) possessing, consuming, or transporting two and one-half ounces or less of marijuana; (b) possessing, transporting, cultivating or processing no more than six marijuana plants at the person's primary residence for personal use; or (c) possessing, using or transporting paraphernalia for cultivating, manufacturing, processing, or consuming marijuana may be expunged by the court. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 36-2862(A).
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    Records relating to a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense can have their judgement of guilt set aside if they have completed the conditions of their probation or sentence and have been discharged by the court. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-905(A).
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    Records relating to certain drug related convictions may be expunged, if the individual completed their assigned drug court program. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3422(H)-(I).
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    Records of a case not resulting in conviction because of wrongful arrest, indictment, or charge can be sealed by the court. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-4051.
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    Records relating to an individual whose sentence is complete and restitution is paid; who has had their charges dismissed; who has received a not guilty verdict; or who was arrested for a criminal offense and no charges were filed, may have their record sealed by the court. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-911(A).
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    Juvenile Record Clearance Overview

    Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be destroyed or set aside in Arizona. 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 recordscan be set aside atany time. You must submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge to determine whether to grant your request. 
    • Many juvenile recordscan be destroyed after you turn18. You must submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge to determine whether to grant your request. 
    • However, you may have to wait until you are 25 years old to get your record destroyed if you have been adjudicated (such as being found guilty) of certain felonies or a misdemeanor DUI. You must submit a request to the court to start the process, and it is up to the judge to determine whether to grant your request. 

    You are not eligible to have your record destroyed if you have certain adjudications, an adult felony conviction, a pending criminal charge, have not paid all restitution or money owed in the case, are under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court or the department of juvenile corrections, or are required to register pursuant to section 13-3821. 

    Find a Lawyer 

    If you think you might be eligible to have your record destroyed or set aside, 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. 

    Juvenile Record Clearance Policies

      A record relating to charges that did not result in an adjudication can be destroyed after a petition is filed, so long as the person is at least 18 years old and is not subject to a disqualifying event. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 8-349(B), (C).
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      A record relating to certain adjudications can be destroyed after a petition is filed, so long as the person is at least 18 years old and is not subject to a disqualifying event. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 8-349(B), (C).
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      A record relating to a felony adjudication listed in section 13-501, subsection A or B, can be destroyed after a petition is filed, so long as the person is at least 25 years old and is not subject to a disqualifying event. Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 8-349(D), (E).
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      A record relating to an adjudication of delinquency can be set aside after a petition is filed, so long as the person successfully has completed all the requirements set by the court and is not subject to a disqualifying event. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 8-348.
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      A record relating to a DUI adjudication (title 28, chapter 2) can be destroyed after a petition is filed, so long as the person is at least 25 years old and is not subject to a disqualifying event. Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 8-349(D), (E).
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      Contact information for legal aid organizations, bar associations, and other organizations that engage in record clearance work is provided for informational purposes only. The NRRC does not endorse or recommend any organization or individual referenced on the site. If you are a legal service provider who offers record clearance services, please contact us.

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