Expungement: Indiana House gives OK for new law

On April 23, 2013, the Indiana House gave final approval to House Bill 1482. This Bill, if signed into law by Governor Mike Pence, would allow certain criminal convictions to be erased. In short the bill would allow the a person to file for an expungement for more than one conviction but only allows one petition for expungement during the person's lifetime. The Petition for Expungment could not be filed earlier than:

a. Five years from the date of conviction of a Misdemeanor offense (such as Driving While Suspended, Criminal Conversion, Check Deception and Possession of Marijuana);

b. Eight years from the date of conviction in the case of minor class D felonies (such as Theft, Battery, Fraud);

c. Eight years from the date the sentence is completed for more serious felony convictions; and

d. Ten years from the date of sentence si completed in the case of the most serious felonies.

This is certainly a step in the right direction and I sincerely hope that Governor Pence signs this Bill into law.

If you have questions regarding expungement, sealing of records, or convictions for Misdemeanor or Felonies, please contact me, Gregory A. Miller, a Fort Wayne Criminal Defense Lawyer, at (260) 833-7249.