New Orleans Expungement Attorney

 

Sealing Your Criminal Records

“Expungement” is a court order to remove your arrest or conviction record from public view. When your record is expunged, the public (including employers) should not be able to find out about it. However, Law enforcement officials and some agencies may still be able to find out about your record. La. C.Cr.P. Articles 972 and 973.

 

Why should you seek an expungement?

Many jobs, apartment leases, and license applications ask if you have been convicted of a crime. When you answer yes, your application may be automatically rejected. It is unlikely that you will get hired, be given a license or accepted to rent an apartment if you have a criminal record. Thankfully, the Louisiana Legislators have created laws that permit the expunction of certain criminal records.

 

When is a crime eligible for expungement?

The law regarding expungements in Louisiana changed as of August 2014. The process is now more uniform throughout the state and more people should qualify for an expungement, especially those with older convictions. La. C.Cr.P. Articles 976 – 978

 

Misdemeanor Expungements

  • Arrested – Never prosecuted.
  • Arrested – Charges dismissed or acquittal.
  • Arrested – Completed diversion.
  • Pleaded Guilty Pursuant to Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure Article 894(B).
  • Pleaded Guilty – More than 5 years have passed since your sentence was completed.

 

Felony Expungements

  • Arrested – Never prosecuted.
  • Arrested – Charges dismissed or acquittal.
  • Pleaded Guilty pursuant to Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure Article 893(E).
  • Pleaded Guilty – More than 10 years have passed since your sentence was successfully completed, as long as you have no open felony charges and/or you have no felony convictions on your record for the 10 years since the completion of your sentence for the preceding felony.
  • You are eligible for an expungement if you were convicted for possession of a CDS or possession with intent to distribute a CDS.

 

When is a crime not eligible for expungement?

Your record cannot be sealed if you have been found guilty of the following crimes:

  • Sex Crimes pursuant to La. R.S. 15:542
  • Crimes of Violence pursuant to La. R.S. 14:2(B)
  • Conviction for distribution or manufacture of any drug or CDS.
  • Domestic Violence Conviction

 

Contact – Louisiana Expungement Attorney

If you have been convicted of a crime in Louisiana, our attorney may be able to help you with getting your criminal record expunged or sealed.  We are committed to helping clients get relief by expungement and sealing of criminal records. If you need to consult a criminal defense attorney in New Orleans, please contact our office at: 504-599-5955.