Folks with arrest records and criminal histories often find themselves stuck – unable to obtain work, find housing, or participate in certain activities with their loved ones – even if they find themselves back on the right track.
Indiana’s Expungement Law acts as a “second chance” for those who may have been arrested for and/or convicted of a crime in the past but have taken steps to turn their lives around to become productive members of society.
If you have completed your sentence, waited the correct amount of time, paid your fees, have no pending charges, and you are otherwise eligible, you may petition to have your arrest and criminal records cleared from the public record or have your public record marked as expunged. Because this is a “second chance,” you may only file once and you may only expunge Indiana arrests and convictions. Expunging and sealing your records helps to restore your rights, dignity, and trust; and it also helps lower hurdles so that you can correct the record and stay on the right path.