Office of the Vermont Attorney General

Attorney General, Legal Aid, and Windsor County State’s Attorney Host Expungement Clinic

February 22, 2019

Contact: Natalie Silver, Community Outreach and Policy Coordinator, 802 595 8679

Expungement clinic to be held Monday, February 25th, 2019, in Windsor County

Attorney General T.J. Donovan and members of the Attorney General’s Office will co-host an expungement clinic with Vermont Legal Aid and the Windsor County State’s Attorneys Office on Monday, February 25th, in White River Junction Vermont. This is the third in a series of expungement clinics that Attorney General Donovan has co-hosted around the state.

Expungements clear old criminal records after an individual has lived without further criminal involvement for a period of time. Only certain criminal convictions are eligible for expungement, including most misdemeanors and some felonies. As of July 1, 2018, all dismissed charges are eligible for expungement. Attorney General Donovan has been an outspoken advocate to expand access to expungements by decreasing the fees necessary to file a petition for expungement with the courts.

“Expungement is a vital tool for increasing access to jobs and economic opportunity,” Attorney General Donovan said.Expunging people’s criminal records, after an appropriate length of time, gives them the opportunity to be a part of their community: to get a job, to further their education, and to provide for their families. I support Legal Aid and State’s Attorney Cahill in their efforts to help the community and I thank them for their leadership on this issue.”

The clinic will be held on Monday, February 25th, 2018, from 10 am – 3 pm at The Department of Labor, 226 Holiday Dr, White River Junction, VT 05001.

Attorneys from the Attorney General’s Office, Vermont Legal Aid, and the Windsor County State’s Attorneys Office are advising and helping Vermonters petition for any Vermont-specific “qualifying” criminal conviction and all dismissed charges from any court in the state. “Qualifying” criminal convictions include, but are not limited to: retail theft, unlawful mischief, and disorderly conduct. There is a cost to petition: the courts charge $90 per docket, but individuals may be eligible for a court “fee waiver.” Volunteers will help people fill out the necessary forms.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for expungement, the event, or any other inquiries, you can contact Vermont Legal Aid at expungement@vtlegalaid.org or 802-424-4701.

Last modified: February 22, 2019