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After Filing a Petition to Seal Criminal Case Records
Please read A.R.S. § 13-911 in its entirety. These Info Sheets are intended to help those who are seeking to file a petition or have had a ruling on a petition to seal a criminal case record under A.R.S. § 13-911. Nothing in these Info Sheets supersedes what is provided in statute and does not restrict local rules and practice of a particular court in processing petitions.

It will take at least 30 calendar days, or longer, after you file your petition before the court will grant or deny your petition.

This time is (1) to allow research and reporting by DPS and (2) to notify and receive responses from any victims who have exercised their rights.

The only exception to this timeframe is if the court receives notice that the prosecutor and all the victims who requested post-conviction notice do not object to the petition.

If you are charged with a new offense after filing the petition to seal your case records, the court may not grant or deny the petition and must first dispose of your new charge if the new offense could (1) result in a conviction that cannot be sealed, or (2) extend the time to file a petition.

However, this section does not apply if you are:

  1. sentenced as a dangerous offender (A.R.S. § 13-704)
  2. convicted of a dangerous crime against children (A.R.S. § 13-705)
  3. convicted of a serious offense or violent or aggravated felony (A.R.S. § 13-706)
  4. convicted of any offense related to the discharge, use or threatening exhibition of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument
  5. convicted of any offense related to the knowing infliction of serious physical injury on another person
  6. convicted of sex trafficking (A.R.S. § 13-1307)
  7. convicted of a class 2, 3, 4, or 5 felony offense in Chapter 14 (Sexual Offenses) or 35.1 (Sexual Exploitation of Children)

While the court is not responsible for investigating if any new offenses have been charged, they may take them into consideration (1) if notified by the prosecutor, (2) if the new charges are listed on the DPS report, or (3) if the charges occur within the same jurisdiction in which the petition is filed and the court becomes aware of the charges.