Expungement is the court process by which a criminal record is destroyed or sealed. Criminal record expungement proceedings almost always take place at the state level. As of now, there is no federal law governing criminal expungements.
What is the Expungement Process in Boone County?
In Boone County, the process for a criminal records expungement is fairly straightforward. The process of getting your Indiana criminal record expunged includes the following steps:
- Initiate the process by filing a petition establishing expungement
- Provide the prosecuting attorney with a copy of the petition and supporting documents
- If your crime involved a victim, the prosecutor will give this person notice of your petition for expungement
- The victim has the opportunity to respond to your petition for expungement
- The judge will consider the victims statement if any, and any bearing it may have on your expungement
Who is Eligible for a Criminal Record Expungement in Boone County, IN?
While the Indiana expungement law contains certain exceptions, in general, these rules regarding expungements in Boone County are applicable:
- Expungement of Dismissed cases – can be expunged in 1 year
- Expungement of Misdemeanor convictions – can be expunged in 5 years
- Expungement of Alternative Misdemeanor Sentencing convictions – can be expunged in 5 years
- Expungement of Level 6 or D felony convictions – can be expunged in 8 years
- Expungement of Major felony convictions – can be expunged in 8 years
The type of crimes that are generally not eligible for expungement in Indiana are the following:
- Child pornography
- Crimes involving weapons charges
Benefits of an Indiana Record Expungement
Getting your criminal record expunged in Boone County has a number of benefits. Some of the benefits of getting an expungement at the Lebanon court house, include restoring your Second Amendment Rights, the ability to hold certain professional licenses, access to increased employment opportunities, as well as an increase in housing and potential college scholarship opportunities.
Important Information Regarding Expungements
- If a court reduces a Class D or Level 6 felony to a misdemeanor, the five-year waiting period for expungement begins on the date of the felony
conviction and not on the date the felony was converted to a misdemeanor.
- A law enforcement agency or a probation or community corrections department can inquire about a job applicant’s expunged records and refuse to employ the person based on an expunged criminal record.
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Now Providing Criminal Record Expungements in the Following Boone County Cities:
- Big Springs
- Eagle Village
- New Brunswick