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LOUISIANA CRIMINAL RECORD REMOVAL SERVICES

Don’t Let Past Hurt Your Future

Having a criminal record in Louisiana makes life more difficult. A criminal record can restrict you from getting the job you want, obtaining housing, getting professional licenses, legally owning a firearm, qualifying for government programs, receiving student loans, and many other opportunities which would otherwise be available to you.

When charged with a crime in the State of Louisiana, a criminal record is created and then maintained by the Louisiana State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information. Any person with an internet connection can potentially see your record, and subsequently discriminate you because of it.

Fortunately, Louisiana law provides for the expungement of certain conviction and arrest records, as well as the expungement of juvenile and diversion program records.

Know Your Options

Louisiana provides a few methods to deal with a criminal record, so it’s important to review the specific circumstances surrounding the offenses on your criminal record to determine your best option.

This Information is for You

Since the majority of people reading this aren’t lawyers, we’ve tried to simplify the legal jargon on our website, so regular people may follow along and get the information needed to understand their rights. However, before we get started, we should be clear that some of this information can get complicated, and, in many cases, it’s best to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer.

To help you understand your rights, our lawyers have developed a tool that can be helpful in figuring out your options. This tool can’t be perfectly accurate in every situation, but our lawyers have invested substantial time and resources working to make it as accurate as possible.

You can get started by using our Secure Eligibility Test, or you can give us a call at (844) 947-3732 to see if our legal staff is available for a free consultation. Be aware that our staff is often busy with current clients and a high volume of calls and appointments. If you’re serious about getting rid of your record, your best bet is to take our secure, confidential Eligibility Test and then schedule an appointment to discuss your results and options.

Legal Effect of Louisiana Criminal Record Removal

  • Louisiana Arrest Record Expungement
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    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, so 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 these 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.

    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.

  • Louisiana Misdemeanor Conviction Expungement
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    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.

  • Louisiana Felony Conviction Expungement
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    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.

  • Expungement of Certain Felony Drug Offenses
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    The general rule of Louisiana expungement law is that violations 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 can petition for 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.

What You Need to Do to Get Rid of Your Record

If you are tired of having a criminal record hold you back, reach out to us by taking our Secure Eligibility Test or by giving us a call at (844) 947-3732. Our law firm has helped thousands of people with criminal records move on in life, leaving many of the negative effects of a criminal record behind.  Our experienced attorneys and legal staff are here to help you figure out what criminal record clearing services best fit your needs, and then help you accomplish your goals.  Using our secure, confidential Eligibility Test is the best way to get the process started.

Some of the potential benefits of expunging your criminal record in Louisiana include:
  • Removing a finding of guilt from your criminal record to help you get a better job

  • Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for

  • Restoring your Second Amendment Right to bear arms

  • No longer being treated as a felon

  • Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs

  • Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities

  • Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities

  • Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources

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 Secure 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.

You can trust that you will get exceptional service from our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo list our attorneys as Super Lawyers and Superb Attorneys. 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!