Indiana’s Expungement Laws Have Been Updated
Finding a job or new housing after an arrest or criminal conviction can be tough. Prospective landlords or employers are not always sensitive to dismissal of charges or that you did your time. When it is so hard to get ahead, it may seem discouraging to even try. However, your future does not have to remain bleak. Indiana has amended its laws to make it easier for some who have criminal records to obtain employment and housing by expanding record expungement options.
Expungements were previously only allowed if charges were dismissed because of mistaken identity, no offense was in fact committed, or there was an absence of probable cause. However, effective July 1, 2013, the expungement law was changed to allow expungements of certain misdemeanor and felony charges under certain circumstances. The expungement law was amended again in March 25, 2014.
At Anna K. Murray & Associates, P.C., we stay up to date with these changes so we can help you get your life back on track. We have the knowledge to guide you through the complex process of record expungement. Contact us to schedule a free consultation to learn more.
Determining Whether You Are Eligible For A Record Expungement
Not every case is eligible for expungement by the court. Certain crimes are not eligible for expungement, including sex offenses, offenses committed against a child or crimes of violence. Also, to be eligible for expungement, you must have had no other convictions or violations in the applicable time frame. The court looks back five years for misdemeanors and Level 6 or D felonies reduced to misdemeanors, and eight years for other felonies. Also, you must not have currently pending charges.
You can only file one petition to expunge your record in Indiana in your lifetime, and if you have convictions in multiple courts, you have one year to file petitions in all courts to have your record entirely expunged. For this reason, it is vital to your case to work with a highly experienced attorney. Our attorneys, Anna Murray and Bryan Abell, have experience you can rely on.
Were the charges against you dismissed because you were in fact not guilty? There is a separate process for expunging these types of arrest records. You must wait one year from dismissal before you can utilize this process.
Call Us At (812) 725-7533 To Learn More About Expunging Your Record
We understand how difficult it can be to get back on track on your own. At Anna K. Murray & Associates, P.C., our attorneys are here to help you determine if you are eligible for expungement of your record. We have the skill you need to navigate updates in the law to get to your brighter future. Start today with a free consultation. You have nothing to lose. You can also reach us if you are looking for experienced criminal defense.