How To Seal Criminal Records In Arizona
To seal criminal records beginning on January 1, 2023, you must fill out the proper petition, accurately provide any/all information required by A.R.S. § 13-911, and properly filing the petition with the proper court and jurisdiction. By filling out the proper and completed petition, you/your attorney can make a case for you to seal a criminal record and the importance such a removal from the public records will have and/or is having on your life as you try to move forward in a positive manner and put your past behind you.
Right before we go over the basic process of sealing criminal records in Arizona, there’s another question we must answer:
What Criminal Records are Eligible to be Sealed in Arizona?
Misdemeanors, as well as Felonies, can be expunged in Arizona as of January 1, 2023. Even though both types of criminal classifications can be sealed, the prerequisites of doing so differ.
How To Seal A Felony In Arizona:
A variety of crimes can be sealed in Arizona. But, can felony records be sealed in Arizona? The answer is “Yes.”
With the caveat that only certain felony criminal records can be sealed. Felonies that belong to the following specific categories cannot be sealed:
If you were:
Felonies That Can NOT Be Sealed or Expunged in AZ:
- Convicted of Sex Trafficking pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-1307
- Convicted of any offense that has either of the following as an element of the offense:
- The discharge, use or threatening exhibition of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
- The knowing Infliction Of Serious Physical Injury on another person.
- Serious, Violent, Or Aggravated Felonies as defined in A.R.S. § 13-706
- Convicted of Dangerous Crimes Against Children as defined in A.R.S. § 13-705
- Sentenced as a Dangerous Offender pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-704
- Class 2, 3, 4, or 5 felony offense that is included in Chapter 14 or 35.1 of A.R.S. Title 13
Class 1 felonies however cannot be sealed. Felonies below Class 2-6 can be sealed, but there is a waiting period, which is as follows:
- Class 2 & 3 Felonies – 10-Year Waiting Period from the time you completed the conditions of probation or sentence and was discharged by the court.
- Class 4, 5, & 6 Felonies – 5-Year Waiting Period from the time you completed the conditions of probation or sentence and were discharged by the court.
To seal felony criminal records, you must fill out the petition for sealing of records completely and accurately and be certain to file everything properly.
How To Seal A Misdemeanor In Arizona:
The process of sealing misdemeanor convictions in Arizona is not similar in the process as that of sealing a felony. Just like a felony, every class of misdemeanor comes with a waiting period. These waiting periods are as follows:
Class 1 Misdemeanor – 3-Year Waiting Period from the time you completed the conditions of probation or sentence and were discharged by the court.
Class 2 & 3 Misdemeanor – 2-Year Waiting Period from the time you completed the conditions of probation or sentence and were discharged by the court.
Immediately after this waiting period expires, you must successfully fill out and properly file the petition for the sealing of records pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-911.
How To Seal & Expunge A Marijuana Conviction in Arizona
For marijuana possession-related convictions and the expungement thereof see A.R.S. § 36-2862 Here
Arizona Sealing Forms and Petition:
Arizona’s new sealing of criminal records law, A.R.S. § 13-911, goes into effect on January 1st, 2023. But, you can fill out this petition now! Why wait to get the process started on sealing your long-forgotten past mistakes that continue to cause problems for you and your family? Contact Attorney William L. Morris today for a free telephonic consultation!
To learn more about A.R.S. § 13-911, you can read here.
Right before beginning the process, you might be asking:
“Are there any court fees associated with filing Petitions to Seal?”
– The cost of filing a petition for sealing records is free, but if your conviction came with fees, fines, or restitution, you must finish paying those to be eligible for expungement.
Criminal arrests, criminal convictions, and sentencing records can, and will, continue to negatively affect you and your family’s future. Contact Attorney William L. Morris to begin preparing and filing your petition to seal immediately so you and your family can have a chance at living a life that is in line with your aims, goals, and successful life accomplishments that are a more true and accurate depiction of your true character and that you have learned from your past mistakes.
Speak with a skilled Scottsdale criminal defense lawyer today. William will help you put together an effective petition and assist you in having your records sealed permanently.