Sorting out rules

Here you will find information on how long a person is registered in criminal records. It is the penalties, or sentence, which determine how long a person is registered.

Data is removed three years after the decision

When no charges have been brought and the person is under 18 years (SFS 2008:47)

Data is removed five years after the judgement, decision or approval

  • Monetary fines, such as speeding fines
  • Fines proportional to daily income
  • Refusal of access
  • Data is removed five years after the sentence has expired, statute-barred
  • Alternative sentence, conversion to prison for fines (Section 18 or Section  21 (1979:189) The Fines Enforcement Act)
  • Statutory limitations of imprisonment (Chapter 35, Sections 8 or 9 Penal Code)
  • Suspended sentences, five years if the person was under 18 at the time of the crime
  • Probation, 5 years if the person was under 18 at the time of the crime
  • Youth service, 5 years if the person was under 18 at the time of the crime
  • Juvenile care or transfer to care under the Care of Alcoholics and Drug Abusers Act (1988: 870), 5 years if the person was under 18 at the time of the crime.
  • Free from penalties, 5 years if the person was under 18 at the time of the crime.

Data is removed 10 years after the judgement or decision

  • Suspended sentence
  • When no charges have been filed if the person was 18 years and older at the time of the crime (SFS 2008:47)
  • Probation
  • Youth custody
  • Youth service
  • Juvenile care or transfer to care under the Care of Alcoholics and Drug Abusers Act (1988: 870)
  • Free from penalties
  • Contact prohibition

Data is removed 10 years after the sentence has been served

  • Imprisonment
  • Youth custody
  • Psychiatric care

Data should be retained in criminal records as long as the sorting out time for other data, removal time, has not arrived. The exception is monetary fines, as they do not affect sorting out time for other data.

The longest time data may be left in the criminal records is 20 years, with the exception of prison sentences that are removed later than 20 years after release and transfer to forensic psychiatric and removed later than 20 years after discharge (Section 18 and Section 17).

If a reported crime does not result in any judgement, it will not appear in the criminal records. An acquittal in the first instance never appears in the records. If there is an acquittal in a higher court, the data is removed from the criminal record following the date when legal force was applied.

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