You want to put your best foot forward when seeking jobs, loans, rental properties, and other milestones in your life. But if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime, a criminal record can jeopardize your chances of getting that job, loan, or home. If mistakes from your past are keeping you from pursuing these and other opportunities, you may consider expunging or sealing your criminal record.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we don’t think your past mistakes should define your future. If you were convicted of a misdemeanor or Class D felony, you may petition for restricted access of your criminal records. Contact our experienced lawyers today to find out how we may be able to help you wipe your slate clean. Our 24/7 legal team is ready to assist you—just dial (812) 232-2000.
Eligibility Requirements for Criminal Record Expungement
Indiana Code 35-38-9 states that if you’ve been previously convicted of a Class D felony or misdemeanor, you may petition in court for your records to be sealed. Depending on the circumstances of your conviction or charge, you may petition no earlier than 5-8 years after the date of conviction.
If you have a Class D felony or misdemeanor charge on your criminal record, you may be eligible to petition if you meet the following requirements:
- You live in Indiana and the conviction was in Indiana.
- If a Misdemeanor, at least five (5) years have expired since most recent conviction.
- If Class D Felony, at least eight (8) years have expired since most recent conviction.
- There are no current criminal investigations or charges pending against Petitioner.
- Petitioner has not filed other petitions under I.C. 35-38-9 (has not filed a previous expungement).
- Petitioner has paid all fines, fees, and court costs and satisfied any restitution obligation imposed as a part of the sentence.
If you are granted expungement, your criminal record will be cleared from:
- The Indiana Department of Correction
- The Indiana State Police Central Repository for Criminal History
- The Indiana Supreme Court
- Court of Appeals and Tax Court
- Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
You’re only allowed to petition for expungement once in your life—that’s why you’ll want a skilled Indiana expungement lawyer on your side. It’s easy to get tied up in the complexities of the law without experienced help. Contact Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin today.
Contact Our 24/7 Indiana Expungement Lawyers
For more than 30 years, Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin has worked to protect the rights of our clients, and we want to do the same for you. We don’t think you should face discrimination because of your past mistakes. If you’re looking for a second chance, contact an Indiana record expungement lawyer today by calling (800) 477-7315.