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Expungement: The Past Doesn’t Have to Haunt You

Expungement: The Past Doesn’t Have to Haunt You

Did you make a mistake a while back and feel stuck with it now? Good news. Indiana’s modified expungement statute, also known as the Second Chance Law, applies to a majority of criminal convictions, including many major felonies. What does this mean? Mistakes made in the past, even large ones, don’t have to define you. With the right legal counsel, you can still get that job or rent that apartment.

How does the expungement law work?

Several different types of convictions can apply the law, including:

  • Arrests without convictions.
  • Misdemeanors.
  • Vast majority of felonies.

If you fall under any of these convictions, there’s a good chance you’ll qualify for expungement. If granted, you cannot be denied employment, service, or admittance based on your expunged convictions. Anyone who does discriminate against you is committing a class C infraction. An expungement also means that your civil rights are restored (i.e., ability to vote, serve on a jury, or even run for public office).

The rules of expungement

In order to have your petition granted, there are several qualifications you must meet. Each level of conviction has its own requirements, but some common factors include:

  • Number of years accrued before applying for expungement (number increases depending on severity of conviction).
  • The absence of pending charges against you.
  • Payment of all fines, fees, and court costs.

Why you need an attorney

While the process may appear simple, there are many more rules and guidelines you’ll need to adhere to. And if you’re missing any required information in your petition for expungement, your request can be denied.

You only get one opportunity in your lifetime to expunge your records, so be precise, do your homework, and most importantly, hire an experienced Lafayette expungement attorney to help you through the process.

For more information on Indiana’s expungement statutes or for a more extensive overview of expungement qualifications, please contact author Kyle Cray at (765) 742-9066.

The content of this blog is intended to be general and informational in nature. It is advertising material and is not intended to be, nor is it, legal advice to or for any particular person, case, or circumstance. Each situation is different, and you should consult an attorney if you have any questions about your situation.

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