Idaho Expungement

Idaho
In Idaho, criminal records of dropped charges, acquitted crimes, juvenile offenders and other crimes (after completing probation) may be expunged through the court’s legal process. The law may entitle you to an expungement, but only if you take action.

Expungeable Offenses

  • dropped charges
  • acquitted crimes
  • juvenile offenders
  • other crimes (after completing probation)
TITLE 20
STATE PRISON AND COUNTY JAILS
CHAPTER 5
JUVENILE CORRECTIONS ACT
20-516. APPREHENSION AND RELEASE OF JUVENILES — DETENTION. (1) A peace officer may take a juvenile into custody, or a private citizen may detain a juvenile until the juvenile can be delivered forthwith into the custody of a peace officer, without order of the court:
(a) When he has reasonable cause to believe that the juvenile has committed an act which would be a misdemeanor or felony if committed by an adult; or
(b) When in the presence of a peace officer or private citizen the juvenile has violated any local, state or federal law or municipal ordinance; or
(c) When there are reasonable grounds to believe the juvenile has committed a status offense. Status offenses are truancy, running away from or being beyond the control of parents, guardian, or legal custodian and curfew violations. Status offenders shall not be placed in any jail facility but instead may be placed in juvenile shelter care facilities, except in the case of runaways, when there is a specific detention request from a foreign jurisdiction to hold the juvenile pending transportation arrangements.
(2) A peace officer may take a juvenile into custody upon a written order or warrant signed by a judge. The judge may issue the order or warrant after finding that there is reasonable cause to believe that the juvenile comes within the purview of this chapter. Such taking into custody shall not be deemed an arrest. Jurisdiction of the court shall attach from the time the juvenile is taken into custody. When an officer takes a juvenile into custody, he shall notify the parent, guardian or custodian of the juvenile as soon as possible. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, or unless it appears to the officer taking the juvenile into custody that it is contrary to the welfare of society or the juvenile, such juvenile shall be released to the custody of his parent or other responsible adult upon written promise, signed by such person, to bring the juvenile to the court at a stated time. Such written promise shall be submitted to the court as soon as possible. If such person shall fail to produce the juvenile as agreed, or upon notice from the court, a summons for such person may be issued by the court and a warrant may be issued for apprehension of the juvenile.
(3) A juvenile taken into custody may be fingerprinted and photographed. Any fingerprints and photographs taken shall be forwarded as provided in subsection (8) of this section. If the court finds good cause it may order any fingerprints and photographs expunged.
(4) When a juvenile is not released he shall be taken forthwith to the court or place of detention specified by the court and then not later than twenty-four (24) hours, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, shall be brought before the court for a detention hearing to determine where the juvenile will be placed until the next hearing. Status offenders shall not be placed in any jail facility, but instead may be placed in juvenile shelter care facilities.
Placements may include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Parents of the juvenile;
(b) Relatives of the juvenile;
(c) Foster care;
(d) Group care;
(e) A juvenile detention facility; or
(f) Community-based diversion programs.
(5) The person in charge of a detention facility shall give immediate notice to the court that the juvenile is in his custody.
(6) No juvenile shall be held in detention longer than twenty-four (24) hours, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, unless a petition has been filed and the court has signed the detention order.
(7) As soon as a juvenile is detained by court order, his parents, guardian or legal custodian shall be informed by notice in writing on forms prescribed by the court that they may have a prompt hearing regarding release or detention.
(8) A juvenile taken into detention for an offense shall be fingerprinted and photographed. Fingerprints and photographs taken of juveniles shall be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency and filed with the bureau of criminal identification of the Idaho state police which shall create a juvenile fingerprint file and enter the fingerprint data into the automated fingerprint identification system. The fingerprint data shall then be forwarded to the department to be maintained in a statewide juvenile offender information system. Access to the information in the juvenile offender system shall be controlled by the department, subject to the provisions of section 9-342, Idaho Code. If the court finds good cause it may order the fingerprints and photographs of the juvenile expunged.
(9) Peace officers’ records of juveniles shall be kept separate from records of adults and shall be subject to disclosure according to chapter 3, title 9, Idaho Code.

TITLE 19
CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
CHAPTER 55
THE IDAHO DNA DATABASE ACT OF 1996
19-5513. EXPUNGEMENT OF INFORMATION. (1) A person whose DNA profile has been included in the database and databank pursuant to this chapter may make a written request for expungement of materials from the database and databank on the grounds that the conviction upon which the authority for including the DNA profile was based has been reversed and the case dismissed.
(2) The person requesting expungement must send a copy of his request, with proof of service on all parties to the following: the trial court which entered the conviction or rendered disposition in the case; the bureau of forensic services; and the prosecuting attorney of the county in which he was convicted. The court has the discretion to grant or deny the request for expungement. A trial court’s denial of a request for expungement is an order not subject to appeal.
(3) Except as provided below, the Idaho state police shall expunge the DNA sample and all identifiable information in the database and databank relating to the subject of the conviction upon receipt of a court order which verifies that the applicant has made the necessary showing at a noticed hearing, and which includes the following documents:
(a) Written request for expungement pursuant to this section;
(b) A certified copy of the court order reversing and dismissing the conviction;
(c) Proof of written notice to the prosecuting attorney and the bureau of forensic services that such expungement is being sought; and
(d) A court order finding that no retrial or appeal of the case is pending and verifying that at least sixty (60) days have passed since the defendant has notified the prosecuting attorney and the bureau of forensic services of the expungement request and that the court finds no reason, based on the interests of justice, to deny expungement.
(4) Upon order of the court, the Idaho state police shall destroy the DNA sample relating to the subject of conviction, unless the state police determines that the person has otherwise become obligated to submit to DNA sample and thumbprint impression as a result of a separate conviction subject to the terms of this chapter.
(5) The bureau of forensic services is not required to destroy an item of physical evidence obtained from the DNA sample if evidence relating to another person subject to the provisions of this chapter would thereby be destroyed. Notwithstanding this subsection, no sample, physical evidence or identifiable information is affected by an order to set aside a conviction.

TITLE 20
STATE PRISON AND COUNTY JAILS
CHAPTER 5
JUVENILE CORRECTIONS ACT
20-525A. EXPUNGEMENT OF RECORD — HEARING — FINDINGS NECESSARY — SPECIAL INDEX — EFFECT OF ORDER. (1) Any person who has been adjudicated in a case under this act and found to be within the purview of the act for having committed a felony offense or having been committed to the department of juvenile corrections may, after the expiration of five (5) years from the date of termination of the continuing jurisdiction of the court, or, in case the juvenile was committed to the juvenile corrections center, five (5) years from the date of his release from the juvenile corrections center, or after reaching age eighteen (18), whichever occurs last, petition the court for the expungement of his record. Upon the filing of the petition, the court shall set a date for a hearing and shall notify the prosecuting attorney of the pendency of the petition and of the date of the hearing. The prosecuting attorney and any other person who may have relevant information about the petitioner may testify at the hearing.
(2) Any person who has been adjudicated in a case under this act and found to be within the purview of the act for having committed misdemeanor or status offenses only and not having been committed to the department of juvenile corrections may, after the expiration of one (1) year from the date of termination of the continuing jurisdiction of the court or after reaching age eighteen (18) years, whichever occurs later, petition the court for the expungement of his record. Upon the filing of the petition, the court shall set a date for a hearing and shall notify the prosecuting attorney of the pendency of the petition and the date of the hearing. The prosecuting attorney and any other person who may have relevant information about the petitioner may testify at the hearing.
(3) In any case where the prosecuting attorney has elected to utilize the diversion process or the court orders an informal adjustment pursuant to section 20-511, Idaho Code, the person may, after the expiration of one (1) year from the date of termination of the continuing jurisdiction of the court or after reaching age eighteen (18) years, whichever occurs later, petition the court for the expungement of his record. Upon the filing of the petition, the court shall set a date for a hearing and shall notify the prosecuting attorney of the pendency of the petition and the date of the hearing. The prosecuting attorney and any other person who may have relevant information about the petitioner may testify at the hearing.
(4) The court may not expunge a conviction for any of the following crimes from a juvenile’s record:
(a) Administering poison with intent to kill (18-4014, Idaho Code);
(b) Aggravated battery (18-907, Idaho Code);
(c) Armed robbery (chapter 65, title 18, Idaho Code);
(d) Arson (chapter 8, title 18, Idaho Code);
(e) Assault with intent to commit a serious felony (18-909, Idaho Code);
(f) Assault with intent to murder (18-4015, Idaho Code);
(g) Assault or battery upon certain personnel, felony (18-915, Idaho Code);
(h) Forcible sexual penetration by use of a foreign object (18-6608, Idaho Code);
(i) Infamous crime against nature, committed by force or violence (18-6605, Idaho Code);
(j) Injury to child, felony (18-1501, Idaho Code);
(k) Kidnapping (18-4501, Idaho Code);
(l) Murder of any degree (18-4001 and 18-4003, Idaho Code);
(m) Rape, excluding statutory rape (18-6101 and 18-6108, Idaho Code);
(n) Ritualized abuse of a child (18-1506A, Idaho Code);
(o) Sexual exploitation of a child (18-1507, Idaho Code);
(p) Unlawful use of destructive device or bomb (18-3320, Idaho Code);
(q) Voluntary manslaughter (18-4006 1., Idaho Code);
(r) A violation of the provisions of section 37-2732(a)(1)(A), (B) or (C), Idaho Code, when the violation occurred on or within one thousand (1,000) feet of the property of any public or private primary or secondary school, or in those portions of any building, park, stadium or other structure or grounds which were, at the time of the violation, being used for an activity sponsored by or through such a school;
(s) A violation of the provisions of section 37-2732B, Idaho Code, related to drug trafficking or manufacturing of illegal drugs.
(5) If the court finds after hearing that the petitioner has not been adjudicated as a juvenile for any of the crimes identified in subsection (4) of this section, and has not been convicted of a felony, or of a misdemeanor wherein violence toward another person was attempted or committed since the termination of the court’s jurisdiction or his release from the juvenile corrections center, and that no proceeding involving such felony or misdemeanor is pending or being instituted against him, and if the court further finds to its satisfaction that the petitioner has been held accountable, is developing life skills necessary to become a contributing member of the community and that the expungement of the petitioner’s record will not compromise public safety, it shall order all records in the petitioner’s case in the custody of the court and all such records, including law enforcement investigatory reports and fingerprint records, in the custody of any other agency or official sealed; and shall further order all references to said adjudication, diversion or informal adjustment removed from all indices and from all other records available to the public. However, a special index of the expungement proceedings and records shall be kept by the court ordering expungement, which index shall not be available to the public and shall be revealed only upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction. Copies of the order shall be sent to each agency or official named in the order. Upon the entry of the order the proceedings in the petitioner’s case shall be deemed never to have occurred and the petitioner may properly reply accordingly upon any inquiry in the matter. Inspection of the records may thereafter be permitted only by the court upon petition by the person who is the subject of the records or by any other court of competent jurisdiction, and only to persons named in the petition.

TITLE 39
HEALTH AND SAFETY
CHAPTER 53
ADULT ABUSE, NEGLECT AND EXPLOITATION ACT
39-5304. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, INVESTIGATION, EMERGENCY ACCESS. (1) When a report is required pursuant to this chapter, such report shall be made immediately to the commission or appropriate contractor. Provided however, that nursing facilities defined in section 39-1301(b), Idaho Code, and employees of such facilities shall make reports required under this chapter to the department. If known, the report shall contain the name and address of the vulnerable adult; the caretaker; the alleged perpetrator; the nature and extent of suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation; and any other information that will be of assistance in the investigation.
(2) If the allegations in the report indicate that an emergency exists, the commission or contractor must initiate an investigation immediately, and initiate contact with the alleged vulnerable adult within twenty-four (24) hours from the time the report is received. All other investigations must be initiated within seventy-two (72) hours from the time the report is received.
(3) The investigation shall include a determination of the nature, extent and cause of the abuse, neglect, or exploitation, examination of evidence and consultation with persons thought to have knowledge of the circumstances and identification, if possible, of the person alleged to be responsible for the abuse, neglect or exploitation of the vulnerable adult.
(4) Where no emergency exists, the commission or contractor may determine, based on the review of the report and any initial inquiries, that an interview with the vulnerable adult is not necessary to the investigation. If the commission or contractor determines that an interview is necessary, the preferred method of interviewing is by means of a personal visit with the vulnerable adult in the adult’s dwelling. Alternatively, the interview may occur in the local office of the commission or contractor, or by telephone conversation, or by any other means available to the commission or contractor. Decisions regarding the method of conducting any interview will be within the discretion of the commission or contractor.
(5) Upon completion of an investigation, the commission or contractor shall prepare a written report of the investigation. The name of the person making the original report or any person mentioned in the report shall not be disclosed unless those persons specifically request such disclosure or unless the disclosure is made pursuant to the commission’s duty to notify law enforcement as required in section 39-5310, Idaho Code, to a request to law enforcement for emergency access, a court order or hearing.
If the abuse, neglect, or exploitation is substantiated to have occurred in a state certified or licensed facility, a copy of the findings shall be sent to the licensing and certification office of the department.
If the commission or contractor determines that a report is unsubstantiated and that no other law has been violated, all records related to the report shall be expunged no later than three (3) years following the completion of the investigation.

TITLE 67
STATE GOVERNMENT AND STATE AFFAIRS
CHAPTER 30
CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS AND CRIME INFORMATION
67-3004. FINGERPRINTING AND IDENTIFICATION. (1) The bureau shall:
(a) Obtain and file fingerprints, physical descriptions and any other available identifying data on persons who have been arrested or served a criminal summons in this state for a retainable offense;
(b) Accept fingerprints and other identifying data taken by a law enforcement agency for the purpose of identification or conducting a records review for criminal justice purposes; and
(c) Process latent fingerprints generated from crime scenes, evidence and law enforcement agencies through the automated fingerprint identification system for prospective identification.
(2) The bureau shall establish policy regarding an arrest fingerprint card and procedures for the taking of fingerprints under this section.
(3) When a person is arrested for a retainable offense, with or without a warrant, fingerprints of the person shall be taken by the law enforcement agency making the arrest. A law enforcement agency may contract or make arrangements with a jail or correctional facility or other criminal justice agency to take the required fingerprints from a person who is arrested by the law enforcement agency.
(4) If a person was arrested and is in the custody of a law enforcement agency, jail or correctional facility and a felony summons or information is filed for an offense separate from the offense for which the person is in custody, the agency, jail or correctional facility shall take the fingerprints of the person in connection with the new offense.
(5) At the initial court appearance or arraignment of a person for an offense pursuant to a felony summons or information, the court, upon notice from the prosecuting attorney, shall order a law enforcement agency to fingerprint the person if he has not been previously fingerprinted for the same offense.
(6) When a defendant is convicted or otherwise adjudicated for a felony offense for which the defendant has not been previously fingerprinted, the court shall order, upon notice from the prosecuting attorney, a law enforcement agency to fingerprint the defendant as a condition of sentence, probation or release.
(7) When a person is received by a state correctional facility, the department of correction shall ensure that legible fingerprints of the person are taken and submitted to the bureau.
(8) When the bureau receives fingerprints of a person in connection with an arrest or incarceration, the bureau shall make a reasonable effort to confirm within five (5) working days the identity of the person fingerprinted. In an emergency situation when an immediate positive identification is needed, a criminal justice agency may request the department to provide immediate identification service.
(9) If the arresting officer, the law enforcement agency that employs the officer, or the jail or correctional facility where fingerprints were taken is notified by the bureau that fingerprints taken under this section are not legible, the officer, agency or facility shall make a reasonable effort to obtain a legible set of fingerprints. If legible fingerprints cannot be obtained within a reasonable period of time, and if illegible fingerprints were taken under a court order, the officer or agency shall inform the court, which shall order the defendant to submit to fingerprinting again.
(10) Any person who was arrested or served a criminal summons and who subsequently was not charged by indictment or information within one (1) year of the arrest or summons and any person who was acquitted of all offenses arising from an arrest or criminal summons may have the fingerprint and criminal history record taken in connection with the incident expunged pursuant to the person’s written request directed to the department.

TITLE 18
CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS
CHAPTER 83
SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION NOTIFICATION AND COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW ACT
18-8310. RELEASE FROM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS — EXPUNGEMENT. (1) Registration under this act is for life; however, any offender, other than a recidivist, an offender who has been convicted of an aggravated offense, or an offender designated as a violent sexual predator, may, after a period of ten (10) years from the date the offender was released from incarceration or placed on parole, supervised release or probation, whichever is greater, petition the district court for a show cause hearing to determine whether the offender shall be exempted from the duty to register as a sexual offender. If the offender was convicted in Idaho, the offender shall file his or her petition in the county in which he or she was convicted. If the offender was convicted in a jurisdiction other than Idaho, then the offender shall file his or her petition in the county in which he or she resides. In the petition the petitioner shall:
(a) Provide clear and convincing evidence that the petitioner has completed any periods of supervised release, probation or parole without revocation;
(b) Provide an affidavit indicating that the petitioner does not have a criminal charge pending nor is the petitioner knowingly under criminal investigation for any violent crime or crime identified in section 18-8304, Idaho Code;
(c) Provide proof of service of such petition and supporting documents upon the county prosecuting attorney for the county in which the application is made and upon the central registry;
(d) Provide a certified copy of the judgment of conviction which caused the petitioner to report as a sexual offender;
(e) Provide clear and convincing evidence that the petitioner has successfully completed a sexual offender treatment program;
(f) Provide an affidavit demonstrating that the petitioner has no felony convictions during the period for which the petitioner has been registered; and
(g) Provide an affidavit demonstrating that the petitioner has committed no sex offenses during the period for which the petitioner has been registered.
(2) The county prosecuting attorney and the central registry may submit evidence, including by affidavit, rebutting the assertions contained within the offender’s petition, affidavits or other documents filed in support of the petition.
(3) The district court may grant a hearing if it finds that the petition is sufficient. The court shall provide at least sixty (60) days’ prior notice of the hearing to the petitioner, the county prosecuting attorney and the central registry. The central registry may appear or participate as a party.
(4) The court may exempt the petitioner from the registration requirement only after a hearing on the petition in open court and only upon proof by clear and convincing evidence and upon written findings of fact and conclusions of law by the court that:
(a) The petitioner has complied with the requirements set forth in subsection (1) of this section;
(b) The court has reviewed the petitioner’s criminal history and has determined that the petitioner is not a recidivist, has not been convicted of an aggravated offense or has not been designated as a violent sexual predator; and
(c) It is highly probable or reasonably certain the petitioner is not a risk to commit a new violation for any violent crime or crime identified in section 18-8304, Idaho Code.
(5) Concurrent with the entry of any order exempting the petitioner from the registration requirement, the court may further order that any information regarding the petitioner be expunged from the central registry.