Sealing juvenile criminal records in Missouri

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Written By: Jeffrey JohnsonUPDATED: Jul 15, 2021Fact Checked

Some juvenile records in Missouri are automatically sealed. If a juvenile is taken into custody for offenses that would be considered felonies if committed by an adult, law enforcement officials will make a fingerprint and photograph record for that juvenile. However, these fingerprint and photograph records will be automatically closed within 30 days. Otherwise, juvenile arrest records can be expunged in the same manner for minors as they are for adults. This procedure begins by filing a Petition for Expungement of Arrest Records in court and providing fingerprints. For more details on the expungement process, see our article Process for Expunging Criminal Adult Arrest Records in Missouri.

The Conviction Exception for Minors in Possession of Alcohol

An individual convicted for being a “minor in possession of alcohol” (MIP) can have that conviction expunged after they turn 21, if they meet the following requirements:

  1. They were convicted of one and only one alcohol related offense;
  2. The individual has had no other contacts with law enforcement (arrests or charges) which were alcohol-related (e.g. drunk driving).

A minor is entitled to only one MIP expungement. If a minor has their MIP conviction successfully expunged, they no longer have to disclose the conviction on applications or other documents.

For more information on Missouri expungements, see the following articles:

Overview of Missouri Criminal Expungements

Process for Expunging Criminal Adult Arrest Records in Missouri

Do I Need an Attorney in Missouri to File for an Expungement or Petitions to Seal my Criminal Records?

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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