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What does expungement mean?

With an arrest, charge or conviction comes a criminal record that is open to the public. Anyone from potential employers to your neighbors can find out your criminal history and make moving on with your life difficult.

There is good news, however. You may be eligible for expungement. This means that certain parts of your record will become confidential, allowing you to leave your criminal past behind you where it belongs.

Crimes eligible for expungement in Louisiana

Arrests, charges, misdemeanor convictions and some felony convictions may leave your public record. Only the following are ineligible:

  • Sex offenses
  • Crimes against minors
  • Drug trafficking
  • Domestic violence

Time restrictions may apply depending on your circumstances. If you meet all the requirements as outlined in Title XXXIV (Articles 971 through 996) of Louisiana law, it is mandatory that you receive an expungement. Besides clearing your record, it means you have no obligation to share with others the expunged information. Those involved in law enforcement, the judicial system and certain licensing boards will still have access, however.

Benefits of expungement

With a cleaner record, you may be more successful in your endeavor to return to normal life as a regular citizen. You may have an easier time obtaining employment and housing, especially if you had serious charges and convictions. These positive consequences will decrease the likelihood of you becoming involved in crime again.

The role of an attorney

While it is not a requirement to go through the process with an attorney, it is wise to do so. A criminal defense lawyer can determine if you are eligible for expungement and help you fill out and file all the forms to avoid errors and delays. Also, as there is a maximum number of expungements you can receive, a lawyer may advise you on which parts of your record it is best to make private. To get started on the expungement process, talk to a Louisiana attorney today.

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