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of Arrest and Conviction Records in Indiana

On March 26, 2014, a new Indiana expungement law took effect that permits all misdemeanor and most felony convictions to be expunged. Expungement restores a person’s civil rights and requires that he or she be treated as if the person had never been convicted. Furthermore, a person may not be questioned about expunged criminal conviction records in an application for employment.

How Many Cases Can I Expunge in Indiana

A person can expunge an unlimited number of criminal convictions, including offenses in multiple counties. However, a person may only file one petition for expungement of conviction records in his or her lifetime (which can include multiple convictions). If a person has convictions in more than one county, all petitions must be filed within 365 days.

When can I expunge my arrest and criminal records in Indiana?

  • 1 year after the date of arrest, arrest records that did not result in conviction can be expunged. This includes cases that were dismissed following the completion of a diversion agreement.
  • 5 years after the date of conviction, misdemeanor convictions can be expunged. This includes Class D felony and Level 6 felony convictions that were reduced to a misdemeanor.
  • 8 years after the date of conviction, most non-violent Class D and Level 6 felony convictions can be expunged.
  • 8 to 10 years from the date of conviction or 3 to 5 years after completing one’s sentence, many major felonies can now be expunged. The waiting period depends upon the nature of the offense.

Benefits of Expunging Misdemeanor and Non-Violent Felony Conviction Records

  • Court records are sealed
  • The case is removed from on-line court dockets
  • State Police seal the expunged records from the criminal history database
  • It is unlawful discrimination for employers to ask about expunged records in a job application
  • It is unlawful discrimination to refuse to employ or issue a license to a person based on expunged records
  • Civil Rights are restored
  • Restoration as a proper person under IC 35-47-1-7(2), which is necessary to restore gun rights (if convicted of domestic violence, expungement alone will not restore gun rights)
  • Removal of social stigma of a criminal conviction

How does expungement affect my Indiana driving record?

When operating while intoxicated and other traffic convictions are expunged, the BMV must expunge the records from public access. However, the expungement of a misdemeanor, Class D felony, or Level 6 felony conviction does not set aside an existing or pending driver’s license suspension. Nevertheless, a person with a pending license suspension can apply for specialized driving privileges.

How can expunging my criminal history change my life? Where can Gibson Law Help Me?

Gibson Law Office has represented clients in more than 80 Indiana counties. With a statewide practice and offices in Lafayette, Bloomington, Fort Wayne, and Anderson. We have expunged or sealed criminal records in Indianapolis, Muncie, Bloomington, Martinsville, Crawfordsville, and Kokomo. Call today for a free consultation!


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