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Legal Issues: State of Indiana Passes New Expungement Law


In the mist of revamping the entire criminal code, the Indiana legislature has also revamped, in favor of a defendant, the laws regarding expunging a conviction. House Enrolled Act Number 1482 is set to take effect July 1, 2013, offering many citizens who have been convicted of a crime the opportunity to expunge that conviction. Any person who was arrested and that arrest did not result in a conviction, or the conviction was vacated on appeal can petition the court to seal the arrest records. Sealing said records prevents anyone, except for a criminal justice agency, from accessing said records without an order from the court. Furthermore, any person who was convicted of a misdemeanor, may petition the court after five (5) years from the date of said conviction. If the person meets the statutory requirements, the court SHALL grant the petition for misdemeanor and D felony convictions. The law also allows for a person who was convicted of a more serious felony to petition the court; however, the decision becomes discretionary (“may”) and not mandatory (“shall”) by the court. Finally, the law allows for multiple convictions to be expunged in a single petition. The attorneys at Scott King Group are well versed in this new legislation. If you have been convicted of a crime and are having difficulties finding a job because said conviction continues to appear on background checks, contact Russell Brown at Scott King Group for a free consultation to determine whether this new law applies to you.

Scott King Group
9211 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410

Posted: 5/29/2013

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Russell W. Brown Trial Attorney Northwest Indiana

Russell Brown Jr. primarily focuses his practice on criminal defense and post-conviction relief. He has helped many clients take advantage of the new expungement laws, providing them a clean slate. Mr. Brown also has experience navigating through the complex laws and administrative regulations of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, assisting clients with obtaining a valid driver’s license.

Mr. Brown’s experience also includes criminal appeals. He has successfully written briefs and participated in oral arguments, obtaining relief for clients. In addition to criminal defense, Mr. Brown also has experience in education and personal injury. When not at the office, Mr. Brown enjoys coaching his son in sports and officiating varsity basketball games in the area.

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