Can I expunge my arrest records?
Can I expunge my old arrest records?
In a word: possibly. Records can be expunged if the arrest did not result in a conviction or juvenile adjudication, or if the arrest resulted in a conviction or juvenile adjudication that was vacated on appeal. Before filing a petition to seal your arrest records, you must wait one year after the date of arrest if you were not convicted or adjudicated a delinquent child, or one year after the date of the opinion vacating the conviction or adjudication becomes final.
You must file the petition in the court in which you were charged or any Indiana court with criminal jurisdiction if no charges were filed as a result of the arrest. If the court finds that your arrest did not result in a conviction or juvenile adjudication, or the arrest resulted in a conviction or juvenile adjudication that was vacated on appeal and the no criminal charges are pending against you, the court is required to order the arrest records sealed so that only a criminal justice agency may access the records without a court order.
To ensure proper action is taken, you should hire experienced criminal defense attorneys like those at Vonderheide & Knecht to determine if your arrest record can be sealed.
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