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Louisiana Expungement & Criminal Record Removal Services

If you have been convicted of a crime in Louisiana, you may be eligible to have the conviction expunged.  A criminal record carries with it a wide array of negative consequences.  Your convictions can affect your entire life, from your ability to get a job to your ability to pursue higher education.  Louisiana allows almost complete public access to criminal court records.  Any person with an internet connection can potentially see your record, and potentially discriminate against you because of it.

Fortunately, Louisiana enacted a new law allowing certain types of criminal convictions to be expunged and sealed from public view.  Previously, no method for expungement existed in Louisiana.  The Louisiana State Law (click here to read the LA expungement statute), enacted in May of 2014, allows for many Louisianans to clear and seal their criminal record.  The criminal conviction is removed from public record, making it inaccessible to employers, landlords, and the general public.

The benefits of expunging your criminal record in Louisiana include:

  • Being able to legally state that you have not been convicted of a criminal offense to employers and landlords
  • Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
  • Eliminating the concern and potential embarrassment of failing a background check by removing public access to sensitive personal information
  • Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
  • Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
  • Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources

The new Louisiana law even has a provision making it a crime for private entities to disclose your record once it has been expunged.  It is clear that the law makers in Louisiana are serious about providing relief and second chances to people suffering under the weight of criminal convictions.

If you are ready to move on with your life and leave your criminal record in the past, our firm is here to help.  Take our free, confidential Eligibility Test to see if you qualify under Louisiana law for a criminal record expungement.  If you would prefer to speak with one of our Licensed Attorneys or Criminal Records Analysts, please call us toll free at (844) 947-3732.

The process of expunging a criminal record in Louisiana can be very difficult.  The laws explaining who is eligible and the petition that must be filed with the court can be difficult and tedious. Hiring our law firm is the best way to obtain peace of mind that your expungement will be performed correctly the first time. You can trust that you will get exceptional service form our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and our attorneys are listed as Super Lawyers and rated as Superb Attorneys by prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo.  Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all Louisiana State courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!

Louisiana Expungement Services

The new law allows for expungement of criminal records in a number of different circumstances:

  • When you were arrested, and charges were never filed
  • Cases that were dismissed and did not result in conviction
  • Cases for misdemeanors and felonies if certain waiting periods are met
  • Juvenile cases that resulted in non-adjudication

The rules are not the same for different situations and circumstances, and can be very difficult to understand, which is why we are here to help—the first step in expunging your criminal record is to give us a call at (844) 947-3732, or take our FREE, confidential Eligibility Test.

Expungement of Arrests and Dismissed Cases in LA

If you were arrested for a charge and your case was dismissed or did not result in conviction, you can petition to have those records expunged.  This remedy is available for felonies and misdemeanors as long as you meet certain requirements:

  • Arrest only
    • You were not prosecuted for the offense for which you were arrested, and the statute of limitations for that offense has expired.
  • Your case was dismissed
    • You qualify if the District Attorney declined to prosecute for any reason, or;
    • The charge was disposed of by dismissal, motion to quash, or acquittal

For this types of cases, there is no waiting period for filing your expungement petition subject to one small exception.  There is a special provision for DUI or similar offenses. If you were placed into a pre-trial diversion program, and your charge was ultimately dismissed, you must wait five (5) years before you can expunge your case.

Expungement of Misdemeanor Convictions in Louisiana

Louisiana state law allows the expungement of misdemeanor convictions in a few different situations, including:

  • Deferred Adjudication: You can immediately file a petition to expunge your misdemeanor conviction if you received a set aside and dismissal due successful completion of deferred adjudication (see below for a definition of “deferred adjudication.”
  • Misdemeanor Convictions: The general rules for expungement of misdemeanor convictions, include:
    • Five years have elapsed since the completion of your sentence and you have not been convicted of a felony during that five-year period;
    • You do not have any pending felony charges;
    • It is not a conviction for domestic violence, a sex offense, or stalking; and
    • You have not obtained a misdemeanor expungement in the previous five years.

Misdemeanor Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Convictions:  If were convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated or similar charge, you can only expunge this type of conviction once every 10 years.

“Deferred Adjudication” is a type of sentence where a judge places you on probation for the charge but defers actual sentencing for the crime.  If you successfully complete the terms of your probation, the judge can set aside the conviction and dismiss the prosecution. However, violating the terms of your probation will typically result in a finding of guilt and sentencing.  A “Suspended Sentence” is NOT the same thing as deferred adjudication.

Expungement of Felony Convictions in Louisiana

Louisiana state law allows the expungement of felony convictions in a few different situations, including:

  • Deferred Sentences: You can immediately file a petition to expunge your felony conviction if you received a set aside and dismissal due successful completion of deferred adjudication (see below for a definition of “deferred adjudication.”
  • Felony Convictions: The general rules for expungement of felony convictions, include:
    • Ten years have elapsed since the completion of your sentence and you have not been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony during that ten-year period;
    • You do not have any pending misdemeanor or felony charges;
    • It is not a conviction for “Crimes of Violence,” crimes against minors, drug trafficking offenses (though possession with intent to distribute is eligible), a sex offense, or stalking; and
    • You have not obtained a felony expungement in the previous fifteen years.

“Deferred Adjudication” is a type of sentence where a judge places you on probation for the charge but defers actual sentencing for the crime.  If you successfully complete the terms of your probation, the judge can set aside the conviction and dismiss the prosecution. However, violating the terms of your probation will typically result in a finding of guilt and sentencing.  A “Suspended Sentence” is NOT the same thing as deferred adjudication.

Expungement of Certain Felony Drug Offenses

The general rule of Louisiana expungement law is that violation of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law are not eligible for expungement.  However, the law makes exceptions for specific lower level drug offenses.  If you have a drug charge for any of the following offenses, you are allowed to get an expungement:

  • Possession of a drug
  • Possession with intent to distribute
  • Any drug conviction punishable by a term of imprisonment of 5 years or less
  • Any drug conviction for which you received a deferred sentence, successfully completed your sentence, and had your case dismissed.

As with other felonies, you can only petition to expunge a qualifying drug felony once every fifteen (15) years.

The expungement laws of Louisiana can be complex and complicated.  The best thing to do if you want to have your record expunged is contact an experienced expungement attorney.  Our law firm is happy to help you with this process—we strongly encourage you to take our FREE, confidential Eligibility Test or give us a call toll free at (844) 947-3732 to discuss your eligibility and the process of expunging a criminal record in Louisiana.  The entire process can take 3-4 months in Louisiana, so the quicker you contact us, the quicker we can get to work helping you put your past mistakes permanently behind you!

Click here to read the Louisiana Expungement Statute

Louisiana Felony Convictions for Crimes of Violence Which May Not Expunged

Louisiana Statutes of Limitations

Louisiana Felony Convictions Under the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law

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