If you have an adult criminal record involving an arrest only, Connecticut allows the “erasure” of those adult criminal records.
If you were found innocent or the charges against you were dropped, you may file petition for expungement of public records pertaining to that alleged criminal activity.
If you have an adult criminal record involving a conviction or other disposition, Connecticut may allow the “erasure” of those adult criminal records.
Several programs for deferred adjudication may result in the erasure of your record.
If you have a juvenile criminal record and you were not adjudicated, Connecticut does allow the expungement/sealing of those juvenile criminal records.
Erasure is immediate when a juvenile case is dismissed and is entered 13 months after the entering of a nolle prosequi or prosecutorial inaction.
If you have a juvenile criminal record and you were adjudicated, Connecticut does allow the expungement/sealing of those juvenile criminal records.
Before seeking erasure, you must wait 2 years for less serious offenses and 4 years for more serious offenses. In addition, you must be at least age 17 and have no subsequent convictions or pending charges.
If you are not eligible to have your Connecticut criminal record expunged/sealed, you still may be eligible for a pardon or other relief.
There are two types of pardons in Connecticut:
Expungement – erases your entire criminal record. To apply, you must wait 3 years after a misdemeanor and 5 years after a felony.
Provisional – does not erase your criminal record. But, it might make it easier to get a job. A provisional pardon makes it illegal for an employer to refuse to hire you just because of your record.