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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 052 : Delinquency Proceedings

Subchapter 001 : Commencement of Proceedings.

(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 5205)
  • § 5205. Fingerprints; photographs

    (a) Fingerprint files of a child under the jurisdiction of the court shall be kept separate from those of other persons under special security measures. Inspection of such files shall be limited to law enforcement officers only on a need-to-know basis unless otherwise authorized by the court in individual cases.

    (b) Copies of fingerprints shall be maintained on a local basis only and not sent to central State or federal depositories except in national security cases.

    (c) Fingerprints of persons under the jurisdiction of the court shall be removed and destroyed when:

    (1) the petition alleging delinquency with respect to which such fingerprints were taken does not result in an adjudication of delinquency; or

    (2) jurisdiction of the court is terminated, provided that there has been no record of a criminal offense by the child after reaching 16 years of age.

    (d) If latent prints are found at the scene of an offense and there is reason to believe that a particular child was involved, the child may be fingerprinted for purposes of immediate comparison, and, if the result is negative, the fingerprint card shall be immediately destroyed.

    (e) No photograph shall be taken of any child when taken into custody without the consent of the judge unless the case is transferred for criminal proceeding.

    (f) A person who violates this section shall be imprisoned not more than six months or fined not more than $500.00, or both. (Added 2007, No. 185 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 2009; amended 2015, No. 23, § 15.)