How to Expunge Criminal Records in Maryland

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Expungement of a criminal record refers to the process by which a record is removed from public record or inspection. In the state of Maryland, records can be expunged from the Department of Motor Vehicles, police files and court files.

In order to file for an expungement of your criminal records, there is a very specific set of instructions you must follow to be successful.

Obtain a petition for "Expungement of Police and Court Records" and the "General Waiver and Release" form at any district or circuit court. You can also find these forms online at mdcourts.gov.

Fill out the forms properly. In order to do this, you must have the case number, the date you were arrested, the law enforcement agency that arrested you, the official offense(s) by which you were charged, and the date the case was completed.

File the forms and give a copy to the state's attorney and each law enforcement agency mentioned in the petition. Also, be sure to file the paperwork at the court in which you were originally summoned. Finally, pay the fees associated with filing the paperwork. A decision on your request should take approximately 90 days from the date you file the paperwork. If your application is found acceptable, your records will be expunged and you will no longer have the crime on your record.

Tips

  • Make sure all of the information on the paperwork is correct before you file it. If there are any misspellings or inaccurate information at all, there is a strong possibility that your application may get rejected.

    If you are unsure of the exact dates of the crime and the agencies involved, have a background check performed by the CJIS Central Repository. An inaccurate date can mean the difference between expungement and rejection.

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