We have been successful as an expungement lawyer in assisting clients to get their criminal record sealed when they are charged or convicted of a crime. A criminal history does a great deal to damage opportunities in life. By having a criminal conviction expunged, you can be free of some of the penalties associated with an arrest or even worse, a conviction. An Indiana expungement allows you new freedoms, including being able to legally say that you were never convicted of the crime on a job application.
Reasons for a Criminal Record Expungement
An arrest or conviction for a past crime was bad enough when you had to deal with the hurdles of :
- Other consequences
A past arrest and court case can affect your personal and professional life. It can prevent you from obtaining a job, a loan, credit, housing, access to government benefits or even an education. In addition to the obstacles in place from a criminal charge, the social stigma attached to a criminal record is embarrassing. To say the least.
Speak with a Broad Ripple Expungement Lawyer for the Best Advice
It is essential to deal with this problem through the proper legal channels. There is no reason to be out in the dark regarding your eligibility for a criminal record expungement. Our Broad Ripple, Indiana expungement lawyers can advise you as to whether or not your arrest or conviction is eligible for an expungement and if so, how you can seal your criminal record.
The Indiana Second Chance Law
On July 1, 2013, Indiana’s new expungement law went into effect. Also known as the Indiana Second Chance Law, the expungement law makes it possible for many individuals to seek post-conviction relief. As long as no charges against you are pending, you do not have a suspended driver’s license and you have not been convicted of another crime for a certain number of years, you may be able to request an expungement of your criminal record.
Crimes Eligible for Expungement May Include:
Misdemeanors & D Felonies Reduced to a Misdemeanor
If convicted of a misdemeanor (e.g. Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing, or Resisting Law Enforcement ), you may be eligible for expungement 5 years from the date of your conviction; however, it must also be true that you have not been convicted of a crime within the previous 5 years and you have successfully completed your sentence.
D Felonies Not Reduced to a Misdemeanor
If convicted of a D felony (e.g. Receiving Stolen Property), you may be eligible for expungement 8 years from the date of your conviction; however, it must also be true that you have not been convicted of a crime within the previous 8 years and you have successfully completed your sentence.
All Other Felonies Not Including Those for Serious Bodily Injury
If convicted of a felony that does not include serious bodily injury (e.g. Sexual Misconduct), you may be eligible for expungement 8 years after the successful completion of your sentence; however, it must also be true that you have not been convicted of a crime within the previous 8 years.
All Other Felonies Including Those for Serious Bodily Injury
If convicted of a felony that includes serious bodily injury (e.g. Armed Robbery), you may be eligible for expungement 10 years after the successful completion of your sentence; however, it must also be true that you have not been convicted of a crime within the previous 10 years.
Benefits of an Expungement
Qualify for Federal Student Aid
Unfortunately, an individual with a criminal record can be denied federal student aid for college tuition. Once your criminal record has been expunged, this is no longer the case. When this has occurred, you will have the opportunity to further your education and set yourself up for continued success with an advanced degree.
Improved Employment Opportunities
Generally speaking, the majority of job applications ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime. Legally, if you have a criminal background, you MUST answer “yes” to this question. Once you have informed the prospective employer of the criminal history, usually, with extensive detail of the circumstances. Once your petition for criminal record expungement has been approved, you can legally answer “no” to this question, which increases your chances of employment, and opens up new employment opportunities.
Increased Housing Opportunities
When searching for a new apartment or house to rent, you can almost guarantee that landlords will run a background check along with your rental application. A criminal background almost always ensures an immediate denial or higher rates, at a minimum. Once you’ve gone through the expungement process, you will no longer have to worry about old mistakes limiting your housing options.
Speak to a Broad Ripple Expungement Attorney
If you are concerned about your criminal record or any past arrest or conviction, I can help. There are many cases in which all of these matters can be thoroughly resolved, and you will no longer have to deal with the prejudice that can result when an arrest or conviction is found on your record. Give us a call at 317-434-6041 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Broad Ripple, Indiana
Broad Ripple has a free-spirited vibe, with laid-back cafes, global eateries, lively brewpubs and happening clubs. Historically significant music venues like The Vogue host emerging artists and big-name acts, and there are also indie shops where one can buy records, handcrafted goods and vintage clothing. Besides the White River, Broad Ripple Park has the Monon Rail Trail, popular with joggers and cyclists, which connects with the Central Canal Towpath.