Clearing Your Criminal Records Through Expungement
Is your past arrest or conviction a barrier in your life? That criminal record may be holding you back from good jobs, good housing or educational options when it shows up on a background check.
The good news is that old convictions and arrest records can be sealed from public searches through expungement. Our criminal defense lawyer can help you wipe the slate to open up future opportunities for you. We invite anyone in Dearborn County and southeast Indiana to explore whether they are eligible to expunge their criminal past.
What Is Expungement?
Expungement is a formal court process to have criminal records erased or sealed from public view. Once your record is expunged, it will not show up in background searches by employers, landlords, lenders, colleges or other parties. You can legally state (on job applications and other forms) that you were not arrested or convicted for that offense.
Expungement for non-conviction: Most arrests, criminal charges and juvenile charges can be expunged if the matter is at least a year old and did not result in a conviction. This includes charges that were dropped by the prosecutor, dismissed by the court, found not guilty at trial or reversed on appeal.
Expungement for conviction: If you were convicted (pleaded guilty or found guilty at trial) of a crime, you may be able to have that crime expunged after time has passed. As a general rule of thumb, misdemeanor convictions can be erased after five years and felony convictions are eligible after eight years. In some circumstances, the court will award early expungement relief.
Can’t I Just File For Expungement On My Own?
Expungement law is complex. Some offenses are not eligible for expungement. You must convince the court how expungement will benefit your life. There are many restrictions, deadlines and technicalities. In other words, it’s not just filling out a form and writing a check. You need to present a solid and compelling legal case.
It is possible to expunge several old arrests or convictions, but under Indiana law, expungement is a one-time opportunity. So, you must choose wisely and make sure everything is done properly. Attorney Alan Miller brings 15 years of criminal law experience to your case. He has successfully obtained expungements for a wide range of criminal offenses on behalf of people from all walks of life. He knows how to shepherd your petition through the legal process.
Take Back Your Future
You can’t change what happened in the past. But if you were wrongly arrested or you have paid your debt to society, you can prevent a regrettable episode from haunting the rest of your life. To discuss a possible expungement, call Miller Flannery Law LLC in Lawrenceville at 812-496-3666 or contact us online.