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Can I get an expungement in Utah if I still owe fines?

Utah Code section 77-40-105 sets out most of the requirements for obtaining an expungement in Utah.  Among other requirements for an expungement in Utah, this section requires that all fines and interest ordered by the court as well as any restitution ordered by the court or by the Board of Pardons and Parole be paid in full before BCI can issue a certificate of eligibility for expungement.  If you are seeking an expungement of your criminal record, you should consult with an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney.

Utah BCI has interpreted this section of the Utah Code as meaning that all fines and restitution in all cases must be paid in full before a certificate of eligibility may be issued for expungement of any charge.  This means that, for example, you may not receive a certificate of eligibility for expungement of a 10-year-old drug possession conviction if you still owe fines on a more recent traffic-related citation.  This may be true even if you are not seeking expungement of the traffic citation.

Successfully expunging a criminal record in Utah requires compliance with many statutory requirements.  Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.  Based in Salt Lake City, our attorneys provide assistance to clients throughout the state.


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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

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560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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