Request not to seal criminal records
If you received a letter from the court stating that your criminal records will be sealed and you do not want your records sealed, complete the form below and send it to the Commissioner of Probation.
Sealing conviction records
The conviction sealing process is governed by MGL c. 276, § 100A. You can ask the Massachusetts Probation Service (MPS) to seal some criminal convictions. You can ask to seal a criminal record under these circumstances:
- Misdemeanor — 3 years after you were found guilty or after any jail or prison time, whichever date is later.
- Felony — 7 years after you were found guilty or after any jail or prison time, whichever date is later.
Additionally, you can move to seal a conviction for resisting arrest.
Sealing records without convictions
The non-conviction sealing process is governed by MGL c. 276, § 100C. You can ask the court where the offense originated to request to seal a criminal court record without a conviction for the following case results:
- Not guilty finding by a court or a jury
- No bill returned by a grand jury (failure to indict)
- No probable cause finding by a court
- Dismissal without probation entered by a court
- Nolle prosequi entered (entry on the record of no further prosecution by the prosecutor)
Contact for Find out if you can seal your criminal record
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