Do you have a criminal conviction that is really hampering your ability to get a job, get into graduate school or is preventing you from some other opportunity?
In July 2013, Indiana passed a new law giving relief to people who have lived with criminal convictions. The law has many different components. Call now to find out whether you are eligible for relief under this new law.
After years of effort, the Indiana legislature has finally passed meaningful expungement law. It will give relief to many people who have had to explain an old conviction.
Please contact us at 219.690.1200 if you want to know if you qualify.
“Indiana should be the worst place in America to commit a serious crime and the best place, once you’ve done your time, to get a second chance,” Governor Mike Pence said in a statement.
The new law “will give a second chance to those who strive to re-enter society and become productive, law-abiding citizens,” Pence said.
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Do you have a conviction for any misdemeanor or a Class D Felony conviction that was reduced to a misdemeanor? Is it five (5) years (or more) old?
Effective July 1, 2013, Indiana Code Section 35-38-9-2 permits individuals with a conviction to seek expungement of their conviction. An individual is eligible to file their Petition 5 years after the DATE OF CONVICTION (unless the Prosecuting Attorney consents in writing to an earlier period). The petition shall be filed in the sentencing court. There is a filing fee as the new statute makes this a civil action.
In order to qualify for expungement, your Petition must demonstrate that:
- It has been 5 years since you were convicted (and since you completed probation)
- No charges are currently pending against you
- You do not have an existing driver's license suspension
- You successfully completed your sentence and satisfied all other obligations imposed on you (this includes probation)
- you have not been convicted of a crime within the last 5 years.
IMPORTANT: You may only file one (1) petition for expungement in your lifetime. However, there is no limit to the number of convictions you may seek to expunge.