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Sealing Criminal Records in FishersMario Massillamany Criminal Defense Attorney Former Prosecutor

Our Fishers Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Help

Having a criminal record can put you at a disadvantage in a lot of personal and professional endeavors. Anyone with a criminal charge or conviction on their record may have difficulty finding a job, renting a home, or pursuing their goals to the fullest.

Thankfully, it may be possible to seal your criminal record and avoid making your past be known to the public. The process of sealing a record is best handled by a skilled attorney with the knowledge and experience to pursue your goals successfully. The Fishers criminal defense attorneys at Massillamany Jeter & Carson LLP can help you with the paperwork, documentation, and evidence needed to seal your record.

If you have a criminal record you’d like to seal, please call Attorney Mario Massillamany at (317) 434-1490 or contact us online.

How to Hide a Criminal Record

In Indiana, you can clean up your criminal record by having it expunged or by having it sealed through a restricted access petition.

When a criminal record is expunged, it is permanently deleted – any trace of the incident is removed from public record. When a criminal record is sealed, it is still on file but access to it is restricted.

Restricted Access

If your criminal record does not have a conviction on it, you may request restricted access if:

  • You were arrested but never actually charged with a crime
  • You were acquitted
  • You were convicted but the conviction was vacated (you must wait one year to file the petition)

An individual who was convicted of a crime may still be able to seal their criminal record. Eligibility depends on the crime you were convicted of and the circumstances of the incident.

Those convicted of a misdemeanor or a Class D felony may request restricted access to their records if:

  • The crime did not cause bodily injury
  • The crime was not a sex crime
  • It has been at least eight years since the sentence was completed
  • There are no new felony convictions on the record

Sealing a criminal record containing a felony in Classes A through C is more difficult but may still be possible if it has been at least 15 years since your discharge from probation, prison, or parole.

Work with Massillamany Jeter & Carson LLP

The laws regarding criminal record restriction can be complex. Working with a Fishers criminal defense attorney is in your best interest. Our team can build a case on your behalf that comprehensively shows why you should have your record sealed. With our help, you may be able to have your criminal record shielded from prospective employers, landlords, and other professionals.

Contact us today to get started. You can reach us at (317) 434-1490.

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