Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates
Make An Appointment, Call Today
318-230-7016 | 800-660-5448
Open Main Navigation »

The facts about Louisiana expungements

Everyone makes mistakes in life, and sometimes those mistakes can hinder personal growth. In the case of criminal charges, a record expungement can remove that mistake from public record and allow you to strive to live a regular, productive life.

This process may vary depending upon the state you live in. There are a few key elements to be aware of in regards to the expungement process in Louisiana.

Research

The first critical step to take is to do your research and ensure that an expungement is available to you. Some of the most common instances where the courts grant an expungement include:

  • Party found not-guilty or charges are dropped
  • Prosecutor rejects prosecution of charges
  • Time to prosecute elapses

Gain access to your criminal history report to see how the charges show on your record. You should be able to request the records from the Louisiana State Police.

Petition

If you are eligible for expungement, file a motion for expungement with the court. The motion must be complete and include all necessary paperwork. This part of the process is critical and if not correct could result in a denial. Therefore, it can be helpful to consult with or hire an attorney to assist with filing the motion properly. 

Results

Once you file a petition, you receive a hearing date for the request. The judge hears the case and decides to grant the expungement or not. If the court grants the expungement, the Clerk of Courts provides a copy of the new judgment to the arresting agency and the Louisiana State Police.

The entire expungement process takes time, approximately three to four months. However, the end result is well worth it. If you or a loved one is thinking of filing for an expungement in Louisiana, make sure you fully understand what it entails so you may execute it properly and reach the desired result.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Honors and Awards

2003-2015 "Best Lawyers in Shreveport / Bossier City"
by SB Magazine

2007 Chamber of Commerce
Minority Business Woman of the Year

Member
National Bar Association
American Bar Association
Trial Lawyers Association
Louisiana Bar Association

Visit our Office Locations:

Bossier City Office
401 Hamilton Road
Suite 110
Bossier City, LA 71111

Toll Free: 800-660-5448
Phone: 318-230-7016
Fax: 318-746-5998
Map & Directions

West Monroe Office
101 N. 2nd Street
West Monroe, LA 71291

Toll Free: 800-660-5448
Phone: 318-230-7016
Fax: 318-746-5998
Map & Directions

  • National Bar Association
  • ABA American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Serving the Public. Serving the Profession.
  • The National Trial Lawyers - The Association