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Recovering From the Past

Under section 8-348 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, a court may set aside an adjudication of delinquency or incorrigibility once the petitioner has reached eighteen (18) and met the following criteria:

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  • Has not been convicted of a criminal offense in adult court;
  • Has no criminal charges pending;
  • Has successfully completed any terms and conditions of probation or received a successful discharge from the department of juvenile corrections; and
  • Has paid all restitution and monetary assessments.

Under Arizona law, persons meeting the specified conditions may petition for the destruction of their juvenile court and juvenile corrections records. Juveniles adjudicated delinquent for most felony offenses or driving under the influence must meet the following conditions to petition the court for destruction of juvenile records:

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  • Petitioner is now at least twenty-five (25) years old;
  • Has not been convicted of a felony in adult court;
  • Has no criminal charges pending;
  • Has successfully completed any terms and conditions of probation or received a discharge from the department of juvenile corrections; and
  • Has paid all restitution and monetary assessments.

Juveniles whose referrals resulted in diversion, adjudication as delinquent for most misdemeanor offenses, for some felony offenses, or whose referrals resulted in no further action may petition the court when they reach the age of 18 and meet the above criteria.

This remedy is unavailable to persons convicted or adjudicated delinquent for an offense involving serious physical injury, use of exhibition of a deadly weapon, sex offenses, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, or traffic violations.