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Petition to Annul Criminal Record
Use this form to annul the record of arrest and charge, and if applicable, conviction and sentence.
NH Law About Annulment of Criminal Records
NHPubLaw.org Article (2013)
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New Hampshire Legal Blog Article (2012)
New Hampshire Criminal Record Annulments in a Nutshell
Annulment is used in New Hampshire to mean the process whereby your criminal record is annulled and you are thereafter treated as if you had never been arrested, convicted or sentenced. You may occasionally see “expunge” or “expungement” in some sources. Records of arrests where there was no conviction may be annulled as well.
You may file a petition for violation level offenses one year after the terms of your sentence have been completed, and for misdemeanors, three years. If a charge was dismissed, Nol Prossed or resulted in a not guilty finding, you may petition the court immediately.
Juvenile criminal record sealing is governed by N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 169-B:35. Upon reaching age 21, court and individual institutional records are closed and placed into an inactive file. Law enforcement officials may still access the files to investigate and prosecute criminal activity.
New Hampshire Annulment Statutes
HB 450-FN: AN ACT relative to the annulment of criminal records, effective August 14, 2013
New Hampshire Rules of Court
Free New Hampshire Pardon Information
N.H. pardon process a complex, unique path
Lane Memorial Library Article (2006)
This is the outline for the report which will include your criminal history and any other information of interest.
New Hampshire Pardon Information
Other Free Legal Resources
Restoration of Civil Rights/Firearm Privileges in New Hampshire
Margaret Colgate Love, NACDL Restoration of Rights Resource Project, August 2013