Indiana law offers individuals who have been arrested an opportunity to have the incident of their arrest expunged from their criminal record under specific circumstances. One way an arrest record can be expunged is if no charges were ever filed against you resulting from that arrest. If charges were filed, they must have been dropped for one of the following reasons:
- The arresting officer(s) had no probable cause to arrest you
- You did not commit an offense
- It was a case of mistaken identity
If any of the abovementioned options fits the circumstances of your arrest, it is possible that an attorney can help you get the arrest removed from your record by filing a petition with the court. However, it is important to note that someone is eligible for an expungement only if they have a very limited record. Before asking the court to grant your petition for expungement, Ms. Rayl will carefully review your case and determine the best approach to help you with your specific needs.
If you were actually convicted of a crime, there is an option for limiting the access to your criminal records. Limiting access means that only criminal justice agencies will be able to review the information in your criminal history and it will no longer be available for review by potential employers and other members of the general public. To qualify for limited access, more than 15 years must have elapsed since the date you were discharged from probation, released from prison, or paroled for the last conviction of a crime.
Ms. Rayl has experience helping clients with both expungements and limiting access to their criminal histories. After reviewing the particular facts of your case, she can advise you as to whether either of these options may be available for you.