Clean Slate Eligibility
Clean Slate Eligibility
Clean Slate Erasure

On January 1, 2023, certain cannabis convictions will be automatically erased. Other cannabis convictions and some older non-cannabis convictions can be erased if you submit a petition.

Once the automated erasure technology is fully implemented, many other convictions will be automatically erased through the Clean Slate program with no action required from you. Those convictions can be erased from your record if you haven’t committed any new crimes in seven or 10 years (the time frame depends on the type of conviction). You must also have finished serving the sentences for all crimes you’ve been convicted of.

Eligible Offenses
Automatic Clean Slate Erasure
  • Most misdemeanors
  • Most class D and E felonies
  • Most unclassified felonies with a possible prison sentence of 5 years or less
Offenses Not Eligible for Clean Slate
Requirements for Clean Slate Erasure
  • Your conviction was on or after January 1, 2000. The offense must also have been committed after January 1, 2000 in order for automatic erasure to happen. 

  • You have completed all sentence components for all of your convictions. Sentence components include:
    • Prison time
    • Parole and special parole
    • Probation
    • Paying any criminal fines
    • Providing a DNA sample (if required for your conviction)
    • Sex offender registration requirements
    • Deadly weapon offender registration requirements
    • Standing criminal protective orders
  • You have met the waiting period for your conviction:
    • For misdemeanors, the waiting period is seven years from the date of your last conviction.
    • For felonies, the waiting period is 10 years from the date of your last conviction.
      NOTE: If you were convicted of a violation of section 21a-279 (c) (certain drug possession) before October 1, 2015, the violation will be erased under the Cannabis erasure law. So, it will not count as a conviction for the purpose of the date of your last conviction for the waiting period.
  • If you were convicted of an offense that was committed before January 1, 2000, you must file a petition with the court to get that conviction erased under Clean Slate. The same rules about eligible offenses and requirements for Clean Slate erasure (except the rule about the conviction being from after January 1, 2000) apply to convictions for offenses from before January 1, 2000.

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