There is no doubt that a criminal record can haunt you for years to come. After you finish paying your fines and serving your jail time or probation, you can still feel the effects of your conviction in many ways. This is why many people in Indiana wonder whether they are eligible for expungement of their record.
Each state has its own laws regarding expungement, and Indiana has recently updated its own Second Chance Law to provide offenders the chance to find relief from a criminal conviction. The Lake County, IN expungement lawyers at Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP, regularly help clients obtain expungements, and we can evaluate your options under the law.
In 2013, the “Second Chance Law” went into effect that allowed many individuals with criminal records to obtain an expungement. At this time, an expungement in Indiana does not completely erase your record, but instead will “seal” it. This means that employers, landlords, and other private parties will not see your conviction, though certain law enforcement agencies may still access the information. Sealing a record still has many benefits, however, and it is worth exploring this possibility.
A criminal record can have many unexpected and lasting effects on your life. Only some of these effects include:
An expungement can alleviate many of the above impacts of a criminal record. In fact, Indiana law prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants or employees with an expunged record.
While not every conviction is eligible for expungement, many are with a specific waiting period. Some of the general waiting periods from the date of conviction are as follows:
In most cases, after the waiting period, you can obtain an expungement if you have completed your sentence, paid all fines, have no pending charges, and have no subsequent conviction within five years. Expungements are not available for sex offenders or violent offenders in Indiana, though the prosecutor may consent to expunge a violent offense after ten years in limited circumstances.
At the law firm of Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP, our Lake County expungement attorneys will explore every possible avenue to have your record cleared. If you are experiencing the consequences of a criminal record and want relief, contact our law firm directly today to learn more about how we might help.
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