You were convicted of a crime and your sentence was completed several years ago. Years later, now, you’ve gotten over that past indiscretion that is sitting on your criminal record, closing doors that should be opened up to you. You need an Indiana expungement attorney who can help seal your record from public view so you can leave the past in the past. If you have an old criminal record that you believe is eligible for expungement, call our office at 317-500-4857 or email email@example.com for help with your criminal record expungement today.
Until recently, if you’d ever been convicted or arrested in Indiana, that criminal interaction would never leave record. Thankfully, Indiana passed its Second Chance Law, which went into effect in July of 2013. That is the Indiana Statute on Expungement. Thanks to Indiana’s Second Chance Law, many misdemeanor and felony convictions and arrests are now eligible for expungement, allowing countless Indianans to put their mistakes behind them and move forward in life.
There are several criteria that must be met in order to be eligible for expungement. There are certain crimes that are prohibited from expungement. Those crimes are as follows:
Until recently, if you’d ever been convicted or arrested in Indiana, that mistake at one point in time follow you around for the rest of life. In July of 2013 Indiana passed its Second Chance Law, which went addresses those life altering missteps. Thanks to Indiana’s Second Chance Law, many misdemeanor and felony convictions and arrests are now eligible for expungement.
If you expunge a felony, misdemeanor or just your arrest records in Indiana, the many benefits can be very exciting, allowing you a fresh start in life that can help you:
Indiana’s expungement laws can be complex. Here is a brief explanation of the Indiana expungement laws, their exceptions and the requirements.
Here is a brief summary of Indiana’s current expungement laws. The goal is to provide you with general information on whether you qualify for an Indiana expungement:
If you were arrested in Indiana and were not convicted, then the following Indiana arrest expungement rule applies: You may file for an expungement one year after the date of arrest (not the date of dismissal or acquittal).
Misdemeanor Convictions / Class D Felonies Reduced to Misdemeanors: If you have a misdemeanor on your Indiana record, including Class D felonies which have been reduced to a misdemeanor, you should qualify for expungement if you have satisfied the terms of your sentence and five years have passed since the date of conviction.
Class D Felony Convictions without Bodily Injury: Generally, Indiana Class D Felonies which did not involve bodily injury qualify for expungement if you have satisfied the terms of your sentence and eight years have passed since the date of conviction.
Class A, B, or C Felony Convictions without Bodily Injury: Indiana felonies which are more serious than a Class D Felony, but did not result in bodily injury, generally qualify for expungement if:
In addition, there are different standards of proof that apply to more serious felonies, which can make expunging these types of offenses more difficult.
Felony Convictions Causing Bodily Injury: Indiana felony convictions causing bodily injury are much more difficult to expunge. Ten years must have elapsed since the date of conviction, and you must have completed the terms of your conviction at least five years ago. In addition to these requirements, the prosecutor must consent to the expungement, which depending on the circumstances, can be difficult to obtain.