This page was designed to help our clients better understand our Utah Juvenile Expungement service. You will find answers to the questions we are most frequently asked. If your question is related to eligibility requirements please take the free online eligibility test.
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Sexual offenses, drug offenses, and offenses involving theft.
Yes. Adjudication of murder (76-5-203) or aggravated murder (76-5-202) can’t be expunged.
We will be glad to work with you to get a copy of your record and to review what can be done. We charge a researching fee, which we apply to the cost of any service that you hire us to perform.
No. We are licensed attorneys, and we go to court for you.
After you complete your sentence for a juvenile offense, the court does not automatically expunge the records. You have to petition the court to expunge the records. However, once your record is expunged, your record will not show the occurrence of any offenses.
Yes. The records can be used for sentencing purposes for another case. At the end of sentencing, the records will be resealed.
No, you can answer “no” when asked if you have been convicted.
Only by a petition to the court by the person who is the subject of the records.
In Utah, you online lose your voting rights if you have been convicted of a felony. Even then, your voting rights are restored the moment you are given probation, are granted parole, or successfully complete your prison term.
Criminal violations may have severe consequences for immigrants, even if the crime is expunged/vacated/sealed. Even minor offenses such as petty theft can make someone deportable or inadmissible, while more serious offenses such as burglary may not have the same consequences. Since each case is unique, getting a case-by-case analysis tailored to your specific facts is imperative. To find out if your criminal conviction will impact your immigration case, contacting a qualified immigration attorney is vital. Our in-house immigration attorney is available to answer questions at 714-617-8395.
Expungement will restore your right to own a gun. However, there is also a lifetime prohibition from the United States government (Lautenberg Amendment to the Violence Against Women Act), which prohibits firearm ownership of those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence as defined by the federal law. Therefore, if you were convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, the federal gun ban may preclude you from owning a firearm, even after expungement.
Additionally, if you are applying to get a concealed weapons permit, your prior conviction may be taken into account for whether to have the permit granted.
For Utah, once your juvenile records have been expunged, the record is treated as though your juvenile offenses never occurred. You can deny the record on any application, including an application to become a police officer.
If the court grants your petition for expungement, all of your court records will be sealed and the matter will be treated as if it never occurred. A background check or search of court records will show nothing at all.
The court updates the court records within 48 hours and we send the court order to expunge to the Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). Typically, the BCI and agencies update their records within 30 days.
Once the court grants the petition for expungement, we forward the order onto the agencies
Yes. The Division of Public Safety forwards a copy of the expungement order to the FBI.