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Only a few individuals are eligible for expungement in Louisiana.

Juveniles over the age of seventeen who have criminal charges that did not result in adjudication may apply for expungement petitioning.  A juvenile's misdemeanor adjudication records may be erased if two or more years have passed since he or she satisfied all judgments against him and her.

Juvenile records in relation to felony adjudication can be expunged if the adjudication was not for manslaughter, murder, any sex crime, armed robbery, or kidnapping. Five or more years must have passed since he or she satisfied all conditions in relation to the judgment before he or she can petition. The individual can also not have any criminal court felony convictions or convictions for misdemeanors involving a deadly weapon and cannot have any outstanding bill of information or indictment against him or her.

Adult misdemeanor charges may be expunged if the time limit for prosecution has expired and for felony charges if the prosecutor declines to prosecute.  No offenses in relation to drug crimes may be expunged.

The Louisiana Revised Statute Title 44 Section 9 sets forth the guidelines and rules that regulate motions for the expungement of arrest and/or conviction records which are public information and maintained by law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

Furthermore, it establishes which defendants may obtain the expungement or destruction of what arrest and/or conviction records, when and under what circumstances pursuant to the Public Records Law.

An expungement removes specific records from public access. However, only the public will be forbidden from obtaining information regarding arrests; all law enforcement agencies will maintain confidential, non-public access to these records.

Therefore, an expungement does not affect the collection and processing of criminal history record information by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections or the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification Information, nor does it affect the non-public dissemination of such information to any court, criminal justice agency or law enforcement agency involved in the detection, investigation, apprehension, prosecution, sentencing, confinement, release, or rehabilitation of criminal offenders.

Expungement of Arrest Records:

Defendants that PLEAD "NOT GUILTY" may seek to have an expungement of the arrest record if:

1.) the charges were dismissed;
2.) there was an acquittal, he was found not guilty of the charges, or
3.) the charges were not prosecuted.

The preceding establishes the general rule that the law of Louisiana only permits arrest records to be expunged, not convictions.

Expungement of Conviction Records:

The exception to the general rule is that a conviction may be expunged whenever there is a C.CrP. Art. 893 dismissal of a felony conviction or a C.Cr.P. Art. 894 dismissal of a misdemeanor conviction.

Defendants that PLEAD "GUILTY" to the charges and thus are found guilty and convicted are not entitled to petition the court for an expungement of the arrest and conviction record unless there is an:

1.) 893 dismissal of the felony conviction granted by the court, or
2.) 894 dismissal of the misdemeanor conviction granted by the court.

Therefore, a defendant that PLEADS "GUILTY" is not entitled to an expungement request in the absence of an Article 893 or 894 dismissal.

However, if such a defendant wishes to seek an expungement of a conviction in which there was not dismissal, he would be advised to first obtain an Article 893 or 894 dismissal of the conviction in order to be entitled to make an expungement request.


     Statewide Forms & Instructions:

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services: Criminal Record Expungements in Louisiana

How to Expunge a Criminal a Criminal Record in Louisiana: eHow Article

How Do I File for an Expungement in Louisiana?: eHow Article

Application for Clemency

Expungement Statute: R.S. 44:9

Criminal Records Dept. Form #19: Expungement Form

Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana: Expungements in Louisiana, Your Questions Answered

Review and Application of the Louisiana Expungement Statute (Revised 2011)

How Do I File for an Expungement in Louisiana? YouTube Video

     Local Forms & Instructions:

Avoyelles Parish District Attorney: Expungement of Criminal Records

Baton Rouge City Court: Article 894 Guidelines

Beauregard Parish Clerk of the Court: Expungements

Caddo Parish Clerk of the Court: Expungement Procedures

Calcasieu Parish Clerk of the Court: Expungements

Calcasiue Parish: Motion of Judgment of Acquittal and for Expungement

Calcasiue Parish: Motion for Expungement

East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of the Court: Instructions for Filing an Expungement

Jefferson Parish Clerk of the Court: Criminal Record Expungement Procedure, Instructions and Fees

Jefferson Parish Clerk of the Court: Juvenile Expungement Information Sheet

Plaquemines Parish: Expungement of Criminal Records

St. John the Baptist Parish: Motion for Expungement of Misdemeanor Record

Shreveport: Expungement Forms & Instructions

Tangipahoa Parish: Motion for Expungement of Record


News Articles: Click Here

Other Legal Resources:

Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Louisiana

Review and Application of the Louisiana Expungement Statute

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