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Frequently Asked Questions

DO I HAVE TO LIST A SEALED CASE ON A JOB APPLICATION?

No, if your case was sealed or expunged, you do not need to list it on a job application or mention it during an interview.

IF MY CASE IS SEALED, DOES THE RECORD GET DESTROYED?

No, steps are taken to ensure the public does not have access, but the record is not destroyed.

HOW CAN I BE SURE THAT CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES SEAL MY RECORD?

It is your responsibility to mail a copy of the Order to Seal or Expunge to all agencies that may have records related to your sealed case.

The Court, law enforcement and criminal justice agencies will always have access to adult sealed records. However, as stated in the statutes, when an adult has a sealed case, and if inquiries are made by anyone other than a criminal justice agency, all agencies must respond that “no record exists with respect to such person.”

If a juvenile case is ordered expunged, basic information identifying the juvenile will be available to a prosecuting attorney, local law enforcement agency, and the Department of Human Services. The entire juvenile record will be available to any Judge or probation department for use in any future juvenile or adult sentencing hearing. However, if inquiries are made by the public, the court will reply that “no record exists.”

Records ordered expunged may only be inspected by criminal justice agencies if a hearing is held and the Court decides to allow the review for good reason. A Notice of Hearing shall be given to all interested parties at least five days before the hearing.