Clearing Your Criminal Record Can Improve Your Life
It’s common for people to make a mistake or a bad decision at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, even one misstep can result in a criminal record that prevents you from living your life the way you want to.
At Kammen & Moudy, LLC, in Indianapolis, our experienced Indiana criminal defense lawyers represent people seeking to expunge their criminal record. While you can attempt to do this yourself, people often find that it is more complex than they realized. Speak with a knowledgeable attorney today to learn about your specific expungement matter.
The Benefits Of Expunging Your Record
Successfully obtaining an expungement can open up many opportunities for you because potential employers, landlords, lenders, schools/universities and professional licensing boards cannot see your record. While the records are not destroyed in Indiana like they are in some states, the records are sealed and do not appear on background checks.
Please note, however, that law enforcement agencies can still view the sealed records.
Who Cannot Seek An Expungement?
In general, the following criminal offenses may not be expunged if you were convicted of them:
- Sex crimes
- Felonies resulting in death
- Violent offenses
- Human and sex trafficking offenses
- Official misconduct
In addition, if you were convicted of two or more felonies involving the “unlawful use of a deadly weapon,” you may not expunge misdemeanor or felony convictions.
Many OWI Offenses Can Be Expunged
In some states, an OWI/DUI conviction is not eligible for expungement, but Indiana law allows it under certain circumstances:
- At least five years have passed since the conviction.
- You have had no convictions in the five years prior to seeking expungement.
- You have paid any fines, restitution and court costs.
- There are no pending charges against you.
- You have paid the filing fee.
Typically, people convicted of a misdemeanor or reduced felony OWI have a better chance of receiving an expungement. Serious felony OWI convictions are more difficult to pursue, but in some situations, they may be granted.
Let’s Find Out If We Can Help You
If you’re not sure whether your record can be expunged, just call us at 317-759-7814 or send us an email. We have the experience to assess your case and determine whether you are a candidate for expungement. Your consultation is free, so there is nothing to lose by speaking with us.