Below is a general overview of when juvenile records can be expunged in Louisiana. Please note that the Clean Slate Clearinghouse does not provide legal advice.
Read the legal policies and statutes for detailed statutory information.
Juvenile Record Clearance Policies Overview
Most juvenile records can be expunged.
You may not be eligible for expungement if you have certain convictions or adjudications on your record or have pending criminal or juvenile charges.
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If you think you might be eligible to have your record expunged, find a lawyer who may be able to help you. Some lawyers might help you for free, although you may still need to pay a fee to file the paperwork in court.
Court Forms and Resources
If you cannot find a lawyer to help you, you may be able to file a petition on your own using these court forms and resources.
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Service area: Statewide
Service area: Statewide
Clearance services available only for those with juvenile records.
Service area: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, Pointe Coupee Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James Parish, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana parishes
Service area: Southwestern Louisiana
Records relating to a misdemeanor conviction can be expunged by the court five years after sentence completion. La. C.Cr.P. Art. 977.View Details
Records relating to a felony conviction can be expunged by the court 10 years after sentence completion, if the person has no subsequent convictions. La. C.Cr.P. Art. 978.View Details
Records relating to a misdemeanor case dismissed following successful completion of deferred-sentence probation can be expunged by the court immediately. La. C.Cr.P. Art. 977(A)(2).View Details
Records relating to a felony or misdemeanor arrest that resulted in dismissal, acquittal, or other non-conviction disposition can be expunged by the court. La. C.Cr.P. Art. 976.View Details
A record relating to a delinquency filing that did not result in an adjudication will be expunged and sealed upon petition at any time. La. Child. Code Ann. Art. 918(A).View Details
A record relating to a delinquency adjudication for sex-related offenses will be expunged and sealed at any time. La. Child. Code Ann. Art. 918(A).View Details
A record relating to a delinquency matter that resulted in adjudication will be expunged and sealed upon petition, so long as the court exercising juvenile jurisdiction has ceased exercising jurisdiction and the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. La. Child. Code Ann. Art. 918(B).View Details
A record relating to an adjudication for murder, manslaughter, a sex offense requiring registration under R.S. 15:542, kidnapping, or armed robbery can be expunged and sealed upon petition, so long as the court exercising juvenile jurisdiction has ceased exercising jurisdiction, five years have elapsed since the person has satisfied the most recent judgment against him, and the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. La. Child. Code Ann. Art. 918(D).View Details