As most people with a criminal conviction can attest, the end of your sentence is not necessarily the end of your troubles. Having a criminal history can negatively affect your life for years to come, most often with regard to limiting your employment opportunities. It can be difficult to live an honest life when your past is always coming back to haunt you. Turning over a new leaf is not as easy as it sounds.
If you feel your future potential is limited by the indiscretions of your past, the state’s statute addressing the expungement of criminal records may offer the relief you have been hoping for. As of July 1, 2013, Indiana allows individuals convicted of certain felonies and misdemeanors to formally expunge their criminal records, making the contents of these records unavailable to the public. The law states: “A person whose record is expunged shall be treated as if the person had never been convicted of the offense.”
So what does this mean in a practical sense? By law, employers can only ask about convictions that are a matter of public record. An expunged criminal history cannot be used against you when you are applying for or renewing a legally-required license, permit, or certificate. To be eligible for expungement, you must meet certain requirements. There are also some limits as to what can be expunged. To discuss the best approach to your criminal history, contact the Marc Lopez Law Firm today at 317-632-3642 or by email. We have also prepared a short form for anyone to fill out to see if they might qualify for expungement.