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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

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 30 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. 


There is no time to waste if you are facing criminal charges. Contact me 24/7 to schedule a free consultation where we will discuss your case in full detail and begin preparing your defense.