We all make mistakes from time to time and some of those are worse than others. If your mistake ended with you being at odds with the law, it can follow you for a long time and make life very difficult. Expungement is one process that may help to keep those past mistakes from continuing to cause you grief. Arrests and convictions can stop you from getting jobs and licenses not afforded to those who have committed a crime. New laws passed by the Louisiana State Legislature have completely changed the expungement process. One of the stated goals of these changes was to simplify the process and make it easier to expunge certain arrests and convictions.
Despite the effort to make the process easier, it can be confusing to figure out whether or not your specific circumstances meet the criteria necessary to have an arrest or conviction expunged from your records. We can help clear up some of this confusion. If you like, we will be happy to provide you with the forms and current expungement laws here in Louisiana at no charge for your convenience. If you prefer to hire us to handle the matter for you, we are happy to do so for a price that we feel is reasonable for the time and work required.
In general the crimes which are not eligible for expungement are:
- Sex Crimes – however, there are some crimes previously recognized as sex crimes that are no longer classified as such and so consultation regarding specific circumstances should be sought. For more information on that see Louisiana Revised Statute 15:541
- Drug Distribution or Manufacture
- Crimes involving minors 17 years of age or younger
- Domestic Abuse or Violence
- Violent Crimes as classified under Louisiana Revised Statute 14:2(B)
Although convictions for the above listed crimes may not be eligible for expungement, you may be able to expunge the records of the arrests. For example, if you were charged, but not convicted of one of the above-listed crimes, you should be able to expunge the arrest. Similarly, if you pled to a lesser charge, you may be entitled to an expungement. The only way to be sure is to speak with an attorney that has experience dealing with the new laws that govern expungements in Louisiana. We can help. There is no cost to you to find out if we can help. Contact us and we will review your case to determine your eligibility.