Massachusetts criminal records that do not result in conviction may be sealed if you are found not guilty, or a no bill has been returned by the grand jury, or a finding of no probable cause has been made by the court.
The waiting period is 5 years for a misdemeanor and 10 years for a felony. Deferred adjudication and Pretrial Diversion also allow for record sealing.
If you have a juvenile criminal record and you were not adjudicated, Massachusetts may allow the expungement/sealing of those juvenile criminal records.
Upon discharge from commitment, juvenile rights are restored and past commitment cannot be received in evidence.
If you are not eligible to have your Massachusetts criminal record expunged/sealed, you still may be eligible for a pardon or other relief.
Pardon eligibility begins 15 years after conviction or release from prison for felonies and 10 years for misdemeanors. There is a separate set of guidelines for “particularly meritorious clemency petitions,” defined as involving “extraordinary contributions to society.”