Arkansas Code Title 16. Practice, Procedure, and Courts § 16-90-1417. Effect of sealing

(a)(1) A person whose record has been sealed under this subchapter shall have all privileges and rights restored, and the record that has been sealed shall not affect any of his or her civil rights or liberties unless otherwise specifically provided by law.

(2) A person who wants to reacquire the right to vote removed from him or her as the result of a felony conviction must follow the procedures in Arkansas Constitution, Amendment 51, § 11 .

(3) The effect of this subchapter does not reconfer the right to carry a firearm if that right was removed as the result of a felony conviction.

(b)(1) Upon the entry of the uniform order, the person's underlying conduct shall be deemed as a matter of law never to have occurred, and the person may state that the underlying conduct did not occur and that a record of the person that was sealed does not exist.

(2) This subchapter does not prevent the use of the record of a prior conviction otherwise sealed under this subchapter for the following purposes:

(A) A criminal proceeding for any purpose not otherwise prohibited by law;

(B) Determination of offender status under the former § 5-64-413;

(C) Habitual offender status, § 5-4-501 et seq. ;

(D) Impeachment upon cross-examination as dictated by the Arkansas Rules of Evidence;

(E) Healthcare professional licensure by a state agency or board;

(F) Any disclosure mandated by Rule 17, 18, or 19 of the Arkansas Rules of Criminal Procedure;  or

(G) Determination of certification, eligibility for certification, or of the ability to act as a law enforcement officer, by the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.


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