Indiana law has undergone a shift in providing people opportunities for new beginnings with a statutory scheme that permits expungements of arrests and convictions of both misdemeanors and felonies in a wide variety of circumstances. For instance, individuals who participate in pretrial diversion programs still have an arrest on their record, even though the case gets dismissed. Under Indiana law, those arrests can be expunged, or “sealed”, restoring the ability of a person to respond “no” if asked whether they have ever been arrested. Likewise, many misdemeanor and felony convictions can be expunged, restoring the person’s ability to say “no” when asked if he or she has ever been convicted of a crime.
Furthermore, under some circumstances, Protective Orders can be expunged, as can juvenile delinquency allegations that do not result in a delinquency determination. Parents who were parties to Child in Needs of Services cases may be able to expunge those cases as well.
Indiana also provides a method for destruction of DNA evidence and removal of a person’s DNA profile from the CODIS database, an important tool to restore a person’s full privacy rights after being charged with a felony.
Katharine Liell has experience in all these matters, and can be your advocate in restoring your status as a citizen with no criminal record. Contact her today to learn more!