What Crimes Can I Expunge from My Record?
Expungement or record sealing can be a very beneficial process for many individuals. Sealing your criminal record can save you a great deal of stress, restore your rights, help you find more gainful employment, and allow you to finally put your past behind you. However, not everyone is aware of their ability to qualify for this type of action.
If you’re trying to seal your record, you should know which crimes can be expunged and which crimes will stay on your record. Whether you want to expunge your criminal record for the purpose of job applications, professional licensing, or housing, we’re here to help.
For adult arrests, you must meet certain guidelines depending on the level of the conviction. For instance, for arrests only in which the case was dismissed, or you were acquitted, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must wait at least one year from the date of the arrest
- Your arrest must not have resulted in a conviction
- You must not be completing a diversion program
- You must have no current charges pending
However, for major felonies that require prosecutor approval, you have to wait at least 10 years from the date of the conviction or 5 years from the date your sentence ends and have no convictions in the 10 years prior. Your record will be marked as expunged, but it can still be viewed by the public.
Crimes I Can’t Expunge
You cannot expunge certain convictions from your criminal record. This is the case for some of the most serious crimes, including sex crimes, official misconduct under Indiana Code § 35-44.1-1-1, homicide, or two convictions of a deadly weapon offense.
Before you seek expungement for a serious felony, you should speak with an attorney to determine if you are eligible. These types of crimes are not easily expunged, though, as it is up to the court to grant the request. Your rights are best defended by hiring legal counsel to guide you through the process.
At Keffer Hirschauer LLP, our top priority is our clients. We know how difficult it can be to live with a conviction, especially if you didn’t commit the crime and were wrongfully arrested. Our Indianapolis expungement lawyers work hard to defend your rights at a time when you need it most.
Call our firm at (317) 857-0160 today.