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St. Louis County Circuit Court: Instructions for Expungement of Arrest Records
Missouri Arrest Record Expungements in a Nutshell
You are eligible in Missouri for expungement if your arrest was based on false information and the following conditions exist:
- There is no probable cause to believe you committed the offense
- No charges will be pursued as a result of the arrest
- You have no prior or subsequent misdemeanor or felony convictions
- You did not receive a suspended imposition of sentence for the offense
- No civil action is pending relating to the arrest or records sought to be expunged
If you qualify, you may file a verified petition for expungement in the civil division of the circuit court in the county of your arrest. The court then sets a hearing on the matter no sooner than 30 days from the filing of the petition. If the court finds that you are entitled to expungement of any record, it must enter an order directing expungement.
An individual’s record of arrest in Missouri may be expunged under Section 43.503 RSMo. if the court determines you were arrested for, or were subsequently charged with, a misdemeanor offense under Chapter 303 RSMo. or any moving violation under Section 302.010 RSMo., except for any intoxication related traffic offense and:
- Each offense or violation related to the arrest was subsequently nolle prossed or dismissed or you were found not guilty of each offense or violation; and
- You did not have a commercial driver’s license and you were not operating a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the arrest.
You may be able to expunge your arrest record if you have no prior or subsequent misdemeanor or felony convictions and no civil action is pending relating to the arrest or the records sought to be expunged.
Sealing records is automatic in certain circumstances in Missouri. If charges do not result in a conviction, the court records are automatically sealed. The arrest records, however, are still a matter of public record and must be sealed according to the steps outlined above.
The only criminal conviction records that can be expunged in Missouri are a DUI conviction older than 10 years and an alcohol-related juvenile offense.
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