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State Bureau of Identification: Criminal Record Challenge Process
If you disagree with the information contained in the record, you may contact the State Bureau of Identification in person or by mail to request amendment or correction of the criminal history record. The request shall indicate the particular record involved, the nature of the correction sought and the justification for the amendment or correction.
Maine Juvenile Criminal Record Expungements in a Nutshell
If you are a juvenile seeking to have your record sealed, you must wait a minimum of three years since you were discharged from the disposition, have not committed any further juvenile crimes and have no adjudicatory proceedings pending.
Sealed juvenile records are available only to courts, criminal justice agencies, and the Victims’ Compensation Board, unless you give explicit permission for someone else to view them.
Generally, if your record is sealed, it is treated as though it never existed. You are not required to disclose information about your sealed juvenile record to anyone.
You may qualify if:
- It has been at least three years since the end of the disposition for the offense
- You have not been adjudicated or convicted of a crime since the end of the disposition, and
- there are no juvenile or adult criminal proceedings pending against you.
The court may deny your request if the judge finds that the public’s right to information substantially outweighs your interest in privacy.
To review the statute, go to 15 Maine Revised Statutes Annotated § 3308
You must file your petition for expungement with the court that handled your juvenile case. Contact the court clerk for more information and for the necessary papers.
Other Free Legal Resources
Pine Tree Legal Assistance provides free legal help to Maine people with low incomes.
The mission of Maine Equal Justice Partners is to find solutions to poverty and improve the lives of people with low income in Maine.
The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast promotes fundamental change in the justice system and schools of Maine.
The Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition is comprised of Maine prisoners, their friends and families, victims of crime, and others committed to ethical, positive, and humane changes in Maine’s prison system.
Unsealed Fate: The Unintended Consequences of Inadequate Safeguarding of Juvenile Records in Maine (Muskie School of Public Service, March 2017)