Overview Description

Records relating to an arrest or conviction for which the person was judicially determined to be factually innocent can be expunged by the court. La. C.Cr.P. Art. 976(A)(4).

Ineligible Category or Citation

There is no statutory language regarding ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the district court. For the specific procedure, see La. C.Cr.P. Art. 976 et seq.



Fees can be waived under circumstances specified in La. C.Cr.P. Art. 983 (F). Otherwise, fees can be up to $550. La. C.Cr.P. Art. 983.


The record is confidential and no longer public, but expungement does not limit the news media's use of the expunged record. It is made available only to persons and entities specified in La. C.Cr.P. Art. 973. The person is not required to disclose the arrest or expungement. La. C.Cr.P. Art. 972, 973.



For information and forms regarding expunging a record in Louisiana, visit this website.

Waiting Periods

There is no statutory language regarding a waiting period.

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