Law allowing expungement creating legal confusion


A new Indiana law that allows some people to have their criminal records hidden from public view is drawing words of caution from a northeastern Indiana judge.

The goal of the measure that took effect July 1 is to improve nonviolent offenders' chances of getting a job by shielding felony convictions from a background check done by potential employers. Police can still see the conviction.

But Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull tells The Journal Gazette the law is complex and that offenders should consult an attorney before seeking an expungement.

Crimes such as battery, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, theft and forgery are eligible for expungement. Most sex or violent offenses including homicide aren't eligible.

Offenders can only petition for one expungement.

Information from: The Journal Gazette 

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