Since 2021, more than 1,900 Missouri criminal offenses qualify for expungement. This includes status offenses like MIPs (Minor in Possession), traffic infractions, drug crimes, property crimes, and other non-violent criminal offenses. Obtaining an expungement seals the criminal record and allows the individual to maintain that they have not been convicted of the expunged with the exception of certain disclosures required by §610.140.9 RSMo.
To qualify for an expungement, you must pay all fines and successfully complete probation or parole. To expunge a misdemeanor offense, municipal offense, or infraction, you must wait a minimum of one year after the conviction of the offense before petitioning for expungement. For a felony conviction expungement, you minimum of three years must have passed since your last felony conviction.
To have a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) conviction expunged, you must meet each of the following requirements:
- At least 10 years have passed since the conviction;
- The conviction was a first offense;
- The conviction was a misdemeanor; and
- The conviction did not involve a commercial vehicle.