Criminal Record Resources

Criminal Record Resources

Expungement, Shielding & Vacatur


Below you’ll find links to previously recorded trainings and other materials related to criminal record relief. For a list of upcoming trainings, please visit our events calendar. If you have any questions or need additional information, please reach out to Chris Sweeney, Workforce Development Attorney, at 443-451-4094 for expungement or shielding, and Heather Heiman, Human Trafficking Prevention Project Manager, at 443-451-4075.

Note to volunteers: MDExpungement.com and the MDExpungement Chrome extension are currently unavailable due to internal changes made to the Maryland Case Search website. MVLS is working to address this issue as soon as possible.

Important note: Legislation that went into effect Summer 2021 prohibits Maryland Case Search from displaying any charges that resulted in nolle prosequi, acquittal, or dismissal. Cases where all charges resulted in one of these dispositions have been removed from the site entirely. Please see the materials below (‘New Expungement Procedure’) for information about filing expungements under these new rules.

Training Materials


Video

Changes to Expungement Law

Justice Reinvestment Act Training

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Video / Slides

Expungement Law

The Basics and Recent Changes in the Law

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Video

Legislative Updates

Expungement and Decriminalization of Poverty

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Substantive Law


Expungement Conviction Flow Chart

View

Expungement Non-Conviction Flow Chart

View

Eligible Convictions

View

Incarcerable Traffic Offenses

Download

List of Nuisance Crimes

Download

Justice Reinvestment Act

Download

Procedure


MDExpungement.com

Pre-fills required forms and generates complete filings for attorneys to submit to the court. Please note that this program is not a substitute for legal analysis and attorneys must perform their due diligence before advising clients or submitting filings to the court. Currently temporarily down.

Visit

Filing for an Expungement on MDEC

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MDEC Smart Search

Visit

Tracking Number Finder

You can use this tool to search tracking numbers and match them to case numbers.

Visit

Where to Get Fingerprint Reports

Visit

Expungement Court Form (non-conviction)

Download

Expungement Court Form (non-conviction less than 3 years)

Download

Expungement Court Form (conviction)

Download

General Waiver and Release

Download

Fee Waiver

Download
Flowchart / Video

New Expungement Procedure Flowchart

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Old Cases


Disposition Requests Template: Old Cases

Download

Looking Up Old Cases Guide

Download

Tracking Down Old Cases

Download

Shielding


Shielding is a process where certain records cannot be expunged but can be shielded from public view. While MVLS’ practice primarily focuses on expungement, attorneys may want to familiarize themselves with shielding law as well.

Criminal Record Shielding Do’s and Don’ts

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Shielding Outline

Download

Shielding Petition

Download

Shielding – Court Guidance

Download

Vacatur


Sample

Client Vacatur Affidavit

Download
Sample

Vacatur Order

Download
Sample

Memorandum of Law

Download
Sample

Attorney Affirmation

Download
Statute

Vacatur

MD Crim Pro 8-302

Download
Statute

Purpose and Finding

TVPA 7101

Download
Statute

Definitions

TVPA 7102

Download

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