State Law Summary



The following is a summary of the law prepared by law students under the supervision of a professor based on consulting multiple sources. It is only up to date as of the dates shown below and in many cases we had to make judgment calls. Therefore we encourage you to also consult the sources below, as well as the Restoration of Rights Project that include summaries of the law for all 50 states and US territories.

Primary Sources: Title 99-15-59 Title 99-19-71 | Casetext 99-19-71 (2020 update)

Secondary Sources: Expungement in Mississippi |,Mississippi CCRC (5/10/20)

Summary of the Law


  1. Misdemeanors: Expungement of any non-traffic misdemeanor conviction if person never had any other conviction (do not account for expungements), upon petition (no waiting-period).(99-19-71(1))
  2. Felonies: Expungement of one non-violent felony conviction per person per lifetime, 5 years clean after sentence completion, unless one of the enumerated exceptions (per below) ( 99-19-71(2)(a))
  3. Felonies: Expungement of one minor felony, like bad check, false pretense, etc. (list of charges in statute, at (99-19-71(2)(a)(a)))per person per lifetime, 5 years after sentence completion (99-19-71(2)(a)(a))
  4. Not Eligible: listed felonies (Miss. Code Ann. ยง 99-19-71(2)(a)) listed in Casetext 99-19-71 (2020 update)
  5. Lifetime or Other Limits:one non-violent felony, one minor felony per above
  6. LFO Payment Required for Sentence Completion: yes.
  7. Other Unmodeled Criteria or Details: no.


  1. Expungement if dismissed, acquitted, deferred adjudication, or no charges within 12 months of arrest, or no disposition, upon petition with no waiting-period.


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