Past criminal offenses represent a potential and often unfortunate obstacle in many lives. On July 1st, 2013, Indiana’s new expungement laws went into effect offering some relief to eligible persons. These laws allow individuals convicted of certain felonies and misdemeanors to petition to expunge their criminal records.  Expungement is the destruction or sealing of criminal records so that they are only available in limited circumstances.

A successful petition can help an individual overcome potential roadblocks to new employment, renewed licensing, and higher education. Petitioning to expunge a criminal record can also be very beneficial in ways people don’t always consider. Past criminal history may even prevent an individual from chaperoning their child’s school field trips. A successful petition can restore certain rights including the right to vote, while also making it unlawful to discriminate against an individual based on their expunged criminal record.

These complex new laws are not without strict requirements, however, and not following these conditions properly could have detrimental consequences to an individual attempting to file a petition on their own. A petition containing mistakes or incorrectly filed could prevent someone from ever obtaining what otherwise could have been a sure expungement of their criminal history. An expungement petition simply is not worth the potential risk of attempting without legal assistance.

If you or someone you know has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor please consider contacting me to determine whether your case is eligible for expungement under these new laws.

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