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A petition to file to seal a conviction for a petty offense can only be filed once each twelve month period. There is a $200 additional filing fee for a petition filed to seal a municipal or a petty offense. Further, in order to seal the records, all court costs, fines, restitution, etc…  must be paid in full unless otherwise excused by the issuing court.  (In other words, the person seeking to seal their records must be completed with the case and cannot still owe money). The petitioner filing to seal the records is also responsible for obtaining and paying for a verified copy of their criminal history.

If qualified to seal, (i.e. a petition to seal has not been filed in the last 12 months, etc.), the petty offense can still be sealed if:

1.       It has been three or more years since the final disposition of all criminal proceedings or the release of petitioner from supervision (whichever is later in time), AND

2.       Petitioner has not been charged with or convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or misdemeanor traffic offense in three or more years since release from supervision or final disposition, AND

3.       The records petitioner is seeking to seal are not for a misdemeanor traffic offense committed by a person with a CDL or a commercial learner’s permit or by the operator of a commercial vehicle