Arkansas Code Title 16. Practice, Procedure, and Courts § 16-90-1405. Eligibility to file a uniform petition to seal a misdemeanor offense or violation

(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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