If you are looking to seal your criminal record in Arizona, you may be eligible to do so under Arizona Revised Statutes §13-911. Sealing your record can provide you with a fresh start, as it allows you to legally state that you have never been arrested, charged, or convicted of the crime in question in most circumstances.
Eligibility for Sealing Your Record
You may be eligible to file a petition to seal your criminal record if you:
Were convicted of a criminal offense and completed all terms and conditions of your sentence, including payment of all monetary obligations and restitution to all victims.
Were charged with a criminal offense, and the charge was dismissed or resulted in a not guilty verdict at trial.
Were arrested for a criminal offense, but no charges were filed.
Some offenses and situations are not eligible for sealing, as detailed in Arizona Revised Statutes §13-911(O).
Filing a Petition to Seal Your Record
To file a petition to seal your record, you must do so in the appropriate court, depending on the circumstances of your case:
- The court in which you were convicted of an offense.
- The court in which an indictment, information, criminal citation, or complaint against you was filed and the charges were dismissed, you were found not guilty, or your conviction was vacated.
- The court in which you had an initial appearance if charges were not filed.
- The superior court in the county where you were arrested if you did not have an initial appearance and no charges were filed.
- The court will consider various factors when determining whether to grant or deny your petition. If the court grants your petition, the records relating to your arrest, conviction, and sentence will be sealed, and various agencies will be notified.
Effects of Sealing Your Record
Once your record is sealed:
- You may legally state that you have never been arrested, charged, or convicted of the crime in question in most situations.
- Your employer is not liable for hiring or contracting with you based on your sealed record.
However, sealed records may still be used in specific situations, such as when applying for certain jobs or when required by state or federal law.
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It is important to consult with an experienced attorney to guide you through the process of sealing your criminal record in Arizona. An attorney can help you determine your eligibility, file the necessary paperwork, and represent your best interests throughout the process.