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Can I get my criminal record expunged in Louisiana?

If you have a criminal record, then we don’t need to tell you the far-reaching affects it can have on your future and your life. Even minor charges like misdemeanors and underage drinking convictions can prevent you from getting the job, home or car that you want. Employers, landlords and lenders all look at criminal records when deciding whether or not to hire, rent to or loan money to you.

The good news is that your criminal record might not have to hold you back for much longer. Under Louisiana state law, it is possible to have your arrest records expunged. Expungement essentially refers to removing the records from public view. That means that while law enforcement might still be able to access your criminal or arrest records, your employer, landlord or lender won’t. 

Juvenile records: In many cases, juvenile records are eligible for expungement so long as certain requirements are met. The requirements include: You are now 17 or older; your charges did not result in "adjudication,” meaning a guilty plea or verdict; and it has been more than two years since the incident for a misdemeanor and more than five years for more serious crimes.

Conviction records: In Louisiana, it’s usually not possible for records that ended in a conviction to be expunged. There are certain exceptions, though, such as for probation that was completed and for convictions involving simple drug possession before the age of 21.

Arrest records: Arrest records involving most local ordinance violations, state misdemeanors and felonies that did not lead to convictions are often eligible for expungement in the state of Louisiana.

Felony arrest records: Certain felony arrest records can also be expunged, so long as certain circumstances exist, such as the case was dropped or an acquittal was reached.

Federal arrest records: Federal arrest records usually cannot be expunged, expect for simple drug possession offenses by a person under the age of 21.

Keep reading for more information on expunging your arrest and conviction records in Louisiana. 

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