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An expungement removes a person's criminal arrest or conviction from the public record. This means that when potential employers or landlords run a background check on you, it will not show that you have been arrested or convicted of a crime. Only law enforcement agencies will have access to your expunged records. 


You may eligible to have your criminal record expunged if:

  • Your case was dismissed
  • A motion to quash was granted
  • Time limitations for instituting prosecution have expired
  • You were convicted of a misdemeanor and 5 years have passed since the end of your sentence
  • You were convicted of a felony and 10 years have passed since the end of your sentence
  • You were found guilty and sentenced under Article 893 or 894 and the charge was dismissed upon completion of all of the terms of your probation
  • The prosecution refused to prosecute
  • You received a first offender's pardon

The following crimes are ineligible for expungement:

  • Sex crimes
  • Domestic abuse battery
  • Crimes of violence
  • Crimes involving a minor who is under the age of 17
  • Distribution or manufacturing of any drug or controlled substance


In order to get a record expunged, you must file a motion to expunge to the court along with a background check that was completed within 60 days from the filing date. In addition, there is a filing fee that generally ranges from $550 and $700. 

The prosecution has 60 days to object to the motion. If there is no objection, the expungement is granted. If there is an objection, the court will hold a hearing to determine whether to grant the expungement.

Total Price

Attorney Fee: $1000

Filing Fees: Usually $550 but can be up to $700 for certain charges.

Total Price: $1550-$1700



There is no time to waste if you are facing criminal charges. Contact criminal lawyer Alex Laird today to schedule a free consultation where we will discuss your case in full detail and begin preparing your defense.