Overview Description

All records relating to a felony conviction, other than those provided for in section 35-38-9-3, can be expunged by the court eight years after the date of conviction or three years after sentence completion, unless the prosecuting attorney consents in writing to a shorter period. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-38-9-4(a), (c).

Ineligible Category or Citation

See section 35-38-9-4(b) for offenses ineligible for expungement.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the circuit court or superior court in the county where the conviction occurred, and must include the information specified in section 35-38-9-8(b). Ind. Code Ann. §§ 35-38-9-4(d), 35-38-9-8. For the specific procedure, see Ind. Code Ann. § 35-38-9-4 et seq.

A petitioner can file a petition for expungement only once during their lifetime, but can seek to expunge more than one conviction at the same time. Ind. Code. Ann. § 35-38-9-9(h)-(k).

Fees

A person must pay the filing fee required in civil cases. The court can reduce or waive this fee if the person is indigent. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-38-9-8(d).

Effect

Court records and other agency records remain public, but are marked as "expunged." Ind. Code Ann. § 35-38-9-7.

Forms

For information and forms regarding expungement in Indiana, visit here.

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed eight years after the date of conviction, unless the prosecuting attorney consents in writing to a shorter period.

 

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