A criminal conviction at any level or point in a person’s life can have negative and long-lasting implications beyond a trip to the local courthouse. Dismissed cases, court supervision agreements, and not-guilty verdicts may still be visible to those searching for your personal history. In Indiana, even those acquitted of crimes may end up with an ongoing public record that is potentially accessible to employers, schools or universities, family, and community members. A record without an expungement can negatively impact a case if you are in the middle of a custody battle or a divorce.
Consequently, if you’ve ever been arrested in the state, it’s wise to consider expungement as a way of protecting yourself and non-publicly sharing your past with only those who need to know. Although not an automatic process, expungement may help unlock doors otherwise closed or blocked because of a criminal record.
If you’ve been arrested in Indiana, you may be able to clear your criminal record from public view through expungement and record sealing. However, expungement and sealing require specialized legal knowledge, as filing a petition to expunge or seal must be done with a court order and signed by a judge.
Every county and district court has its own process pertaining to expungement and sealing, which is crucial to understand when navigating the legal waters. Hiring an expungement lawyer in Merrillville can help you get rid of an outdated record and bring your clean record back. Our lawyers understand the most current laws, processes, and procedures that can positively impact the outcome of your case.
Our attorneys use two methods to help clear your criminal record from public view, expungement and sealing. A common misconception is that over time and without recurring charges, a criminal record will be automatically cleared. Without the help of an attorney experienced in expungement, your personal and criminal history will remain available, showing misdemeanors and felonies.
Once a person begins working with a lawyer, action can be taken to remove certain crimes from a record. As it stands in Indiana, all misdemeanors and felonies can be eligible for expungement except for the following offenses:
An initial consultation with us is essential in determining your eligibility for a criminal record expungement. Our lawyers will be able to discuss your case and previous charges and give our counsel guidance on how you can address the expungement process. If we believe your claim qualifies for expungement, we will ask you to collect and order your legal records from the state or associated police departments.
At Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP, we are dedicated to helping our clients clean up their criminal records. A knowledgeable expungement attorney can make a substantial difference and increase the odds of a successful outcome. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get your record expunged or sealed.
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