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Expungement May Allow You to Clear Your Past Criminal Record

June 15, 2018

Old criminal records prevent many Vermonters from obtaining jobs, housing or educational opportunities.

If you have a past criminal conviction, or a charge that has been dismissed, you may want to figure out whether you can “expunge” your criminal record. Through the expungement process, the State of Vermont allows for specific convictions and dismissed charges to be wiped from your record after a certain amount of time has passed. There are a couple of different sealing or expungement laws, and the requirements are a bit different for each.

Expungement events are popping up around the state, and Vermont Legal Aid is helping.

There are two events in Bennington County where you can learn more:

  • June 20 from 12 - 6 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library
  • June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the State Office Building, 3rd floor, in Bennington

An expungement event will be held in Windham County on August 3 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Brattleboro Town Hall, 2nd floor, Selectboard Meeting Room.

In Essex County, expungement events are scheduled for August 11 and August 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p. m. at the Essex County Court House in Guildhall.

If you would like to speak to Vermont Legal Aid about expungement, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out our online form.
  2. When the form asks about your legal problem, say that you need help with “expungement.”
  3. If you have it handy, include information about your past Vermont convictions.
  4. Be sure to include your contact information.
  5. After you submit the form, someone from Vermont Legal Aid will contact you.