December 1, 2017

All I Want for Christmas is a Clean Record

Written By

Raymond P. Dudlo
Member, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

From students to professionals, criminal records can have a serious impact on one’s life. Criminal records may prevent admission or make applications to schools or various educational programs difficult. Criminal records may also prevent one from obtaining employment.

Thankfully, Indiana’s sealing and expungement statutes provide a path for many people with a criminal record to have a clean start.

Indiana’s sealing and expungement statutes provide you a path to obtain a clean record, and these laws also protect you from discrimination. With few exceptions, once a person obtains an expungement of their criminal records, their civil rights are restored, including the right to vote, to hold public office, and to serve as a juror.

Additionally, in Indiana, it is unlawful to discriminate against any person who has received an expungement by suspending; expelling; refusing to employ; refusing to admit; refusing to grant or renew a license, permit or certificate necessary to engage in any activity, occupation, or profession; or otherwise discriminate against that person because of their expungement. These laws are very helpful to people who are burdened by their criminal history.

If you or someone you know has a criminal history, you should seek a knowledgeable attorney to help determine your eligibility for an expungement.


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