2017 Arkansas Code
Title 16 - Practice, Procedure, and Courts
Subtitle 6 - Criminal Procedure Generally
Chapter 90 - Judgment and Sentence Generally
Subchapter 14 - Comprehensive Criminal Record Sealing Act of 2013
§ 16-90-1405. Eligibility to file a uniform petition to seal a misdemeanor offense or violation

Universal Citation: AR Code § 16-90-1405 (2017)
  • (a) A person is eligible to file a uniform petition under this subchapter to seal his or her record of a misdemeanor or violation sixty (60) days after:
    • (1) The completion of his or her sentence for the misdemeanor or violation, including full payment of restitution;
    • (2) Full payment of court costs;
    • (3) Full payment of driver's license suspension reinstatement fees, if a driver's license suspension reinstatement fee was assessed as a result of the person's arrest or conviction for the misdemeanor or violation; and
    • (4) The completion of all other driver's license reinstatement requirements, if a driver's license suspension was imposed as a result of the person's arrest or conviction for the misdemeanor or violation.
  • (b) There is not a limit to the number of times a person may file a uniform petition to seal his or her record of a misdemeanor or violation, except that the person may not file:
    • (1) A new uniform petition to seal one (1) of the following criminal offenses until after a period of five (5) years has elapsed since the completion of the person's sentence for the conviction:
      • (A) Negligent homicide, § 5-10-105, if it was a Class A misdemeanor;
      • (B) Battery in the third degree, § 5-13-203;
      • (C) Indecent exposure, § 5-14-112;
      • (D) Public sexual indecency, § 5-14-111;
      • (E) Sexual assault in the fourth degree, § 5-14-127;
      • (F) Domestic battering in the third degree, § 5-26-305; or
      • (G) A misdemeanor violation of § 5-65-103;
    • (2) A new uniform petition to seal a criminal offense listed in subdivisions (b)(1)(A)-(G) of this section before one (1) year from the date of the order denying the previous uniform petition;
    • (3) A new uniform petition to seal any other misdemeanor or violation before ninety (90) days from the date of an order denying a uniform petition to seal the misdemeanor or violation;
    • (4) A new uniform petition to seal a misdemeanor or violation under this section if an appeal of a previous denial of a uniform petition to seal a misdemeanor or violation for the same misdemeanor or violation is still pending; or
    • (5) A new uniform petition to seal a misdemeanor or violation under this section if:
      • (A) The person was a holder of a commercial driver license or commercial learner's permit at the time the misdemeanor or violation was committed; and
      • (B) The misdemeanor or violation was a traffic offense, other than a parking violation, vehicle weight violation, or vehicle defect violation, committed in any type of motor vehicle.
  • (c) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, a person is eligible to file a uniform petition to seal a misdemeanor or violation under this section even if his or her misdemeanor or violation occurred before January 1, 2014.
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