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Louisiana's New Expungement Law: Act No. 145, has been effective since August 1, 2014.

Rules & Procedures in a Nutshell

Each Parish has a different fee schedule, but expect to spend over $400 in non-refundable filing fees.

You will not be required to pay filing fees if you obtain a letter of certification from the District Attorney stating that you have no felony convictions or pending felony charges and 

a. You were found not guilty at trial; 

b. You did not participate in a pretrial diversion program; 

c. Your case was dismissed or nolle prosequi if you were not prosecuted within time limitations established by law or the district attorney declined to prosecute. 

d. This does not apply to any plea of Article 894 or diversion cases. 

Once a motion is filed with the Clerk of Court, it will be forwarded to a Judge for review, and a hearing date may be set. You and/or your attorney will need to be present in court on that day.  The Clerk of Court will mail a notice of the court date, so please include a valid mailing address on the original motion.

If the Judge grants the expungement, you will need to present him/her with the Order for Expungement of Arrest/Conviction Record to sign in open court.

If the expungement is granted, you will need to obtain certified copies of any filings needed. Certified copies are $1.00 per page plus an additional $5.00 for certification of each copy. Be sure to obtain an adequate number of copies, as you may be unable to obtain copies once the files have been removed from public record.

The State of Louisiana, the District Attorney and the Sheriff will be served with a copy of the Judgment, but you will be responsible for serving any other agency with information about your charge on file. 

An expungement must be filed for EACH arrest.

Allow 6 months for the completion of your expungement.


     Statewide Forms & Instructions:

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

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

     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

East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of the Court: Motion for 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

Terrebonne Parish: Expungement Forms & Instructions

Union Parish: Expungement Forms & Instructions

News Articles: Click Here

Other Legal Resources:

Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in Louisiana

Review and Application of the Louisiana Expungement Statute

Louisiana Believes: Charter School Performance Compact: Background Checks

Charter schools must comply with R.S. 17:15 “Criminal History Review” and R.S. 15:587.1 “The Louisiana Child Protection Act.” These statutes require school systems to request criminal history checks from the State Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information.

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Youth Empowerment Project operates the Community Reintegration Program for juvenile offenders returning from detention facilities, and remains the only juvenile re-entry program in the New Orleans region.

Juvenile Regional Services

provides high-quality, zealous, holistic, team-based legal representation to indigent youth in New Orleans and throughout the Louisiana juvenile justice system.

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The Louisiana Justice Institute is a nonprofit, civil rights legal advocacy organization, devoted to fostering social justice campaigns across Louisiana for communities of color and for impoverished communities.

The Praxis Project is a national, nonprofit organization that builds partnerships with local groups to influence policymaking to address the underlying, systemic causes of community problems. 

The Louis A. Martinet Legal Society was formed to combat the racial injustices and inequalities that existed in the 1950's. It was during this tumultuous time that Jim Crow dominated every aspect of African-American life and African-American attorneys were barred from participating in the mainstream of the nation's legal profession. They organized not only for professional support, but to focus their skills and training to combat Jim Crow not just in the streets, but in the courtrooms as well.

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