Expungement Frequently Asked Questions

What Does It Mean To Have A Record Expunged?

If a record is successfully expunged, then:

  • misdemeanors and most D/Level 6 felonies are no longer on public record
  • A, B and C felonies (and some D felonies) are still visible on public records, but they are marked expunged. This means that rights are restored, and you may not be discriminated against because of your record.
How Do You Know You Qualify For An Expungement Filing?

Whether a record can be expunged depends on:

  1. whether or not you were convicted, and
  2. if you were convicted, the type of crime for which you were convicted, and
  3. how much time has passed since your last criminal incident on record.
Are There Incidents That Cannot Be Expunged?

Some things cannot be expunged. These include:

  • cases out of federal court
  • cases outside of Indiana
  • cases where charges were not filed and a case number was not created by the court
  • infraction and ordinance violations
  • convictions that are tied to a name, social security number or gallery number that do not actually belong to that individual
What Does Expungement Not Do?
  • Criminal records are not destroyed and can be accessed in some circumstances, like if you are charged with another crime or are applying to become an attorney.
  • Expungement does not remove case information from electronic sources, like news articles that can be found online.
  • Expungement does not require that national criminal history repositories expunge records (e.g. FBI database).
  • Having a child neglect conviction expunged does not remove your name from the substantiated index with the Department of Child Services.
  • Expungement does not restore rights to firearms if there is a conviction for domestic violence/battery.
What Crimes Cannot Be Expunged?

Felonies that cannot be expunged include crimes that involve:

  • loss of life
  • sex crimes
  • perjury
  • human trafficking
  • official misconduct
  • 2 or more offenses with the use of a deadly weapon

In general, if you are found guilty of such a crime (IC 35-38-9-5(b)), then no crimes on the record can be expunged.

What Is A "Non-Conviction"?

Non-conviction includes:

  • dismissal
  • not guilty verdict
  • successful completion of pretrial diversion, resulting in a dismissal
  • cases where charges were not filed, but a case number was created by the court
Which Convictions And Non-Convictions Can Be Expunged?

Non-convictions, or arrests that do not lead to a conviction, can be expunged. In general, convictions that can be expunged include:

  • misdemeanors
  • D/Level 6 felonies without bodily injury
  • A, B, or C felonies without serious bodily injury and D felonies with bodily injury
  • Some felonies with serious bodily injury
How Many Times Can You Ask For An Expungement?

You can ask for expungement of a non-conviction (an arrest that does not result in conviction), as many times as is necessary. Expungements for convictions are only allowed one time in your lifetime. This means you cannot get any new convictions expunged. However, you may be able to file to fix mistakes.

Where Should You FIle For Expungement?

You will need to file for expungement in each county in which there is a criminal incident on your record. That means you may have to file a petition (request) for expungement in more than one county, but this will need to be done at the same time.

What If You Don't Meet The Timeline/Waiting Requirements?

Under the statute, if you do not meet the waiting/timeline requirements, you may still ask for expungement if the prosecutor agrees. Click to download the handout to see how to ask the prosecutor to allow early expungement filing.

Can You Ask For Expungement If You Still Owe Money The Court Ordered You To Pay?

Check with each court. Some courts will cancel fees if asked.

How Are Forms Filed With The Court?

Information including court rules, filing fee waiver forms, and how to file forms with the court can be found by clicking the resources found here. There is no filing fee when asking for expungement of a non-conviction.

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