Giving You A Fresh Start Through Expunging Your Criminal Record
Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes may lead to a criminal conviction on your permanent record, making it difficult to move forward with your life. Expunging your criminal record gives you the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start over. In Indiana, the Second Chance Law allows you to petition to expunge your criminal record or to seal certain convictions or arrests.
However, you should work with an experienced criminal defense attorney on your expungement. At David E. Deal & Associates, we can help clients throughout Indiana to prepare and present their cases. The expungement process can be overwhelming and confusing for those unfamiliar with it. We have decades of experience helping clients gather the necessary documents and filing their expungement petitions.
What To Know About Expungement In Indiana
Having a criminal record can prevent you from obtaining employment, getting into college or graduate school, adopting children, your right to own a firearm, renting a home and even your driver’s or professional license.
To expunge your criminal record in Indiana, you must meet the criteria, including having no pending criminal charges, paying an expungement fee and all fines and court costs, and having at least five years since your conviction and you have had no new convictions during that time.
In Indiana, you can expunge misdemeanor and lower-level felony records including:
- Driving under the influence
- Drug possession
You may also expunge nonconviction records, including arrests and criminal charges. However, under Indiana law, you cannot expunge criminal records involving sex offenses, homicide, manslaughter, human and sexual trafficking or official misconduct. If you are convicted of two or more felonies involving a deadly weapon not part of the same crime, you will not be eligible for expungement.
Get Started On Your Expungement Today
If you have a criminal record and are concerned about how it may impact the rest of your life, contact a skilled lawyer today to learn more about the expungement process. Before discussing your next steps, we will review your case and determine if you meet the eligibility criteria.