Unfortunately, having a criminal record makes it difficult for someone to not only find a place to work, but a criminal record can also make it extremely difficult to find a place to live. This is why the State of Indiana has a Second Chance Law. The Indiana Second Chance, or the Indiana Expungement Law makes it possible to get old criminal records sealed or expunged. But what if you cannot afford to pay an attorney for an expungement? Can you get a free expungement in Indiana?
What is an Expungement in Indiana
In the State of Indiana, criminal record expungement is a legal procedure that is designed to destroy or remove from view all or part of the records of a case, an arrest or even a criminal conviction, of certain crimes.
An expungement is also when an adverse finding or guilt is removed by withdrawing, vacating, annulling or setting aside the finding of guilt, thereby expunging the conviction from the records. Recently, Indiana lawmakers have determined that a criminal record expungement can lift some or all of the legal ramifications of the original adverse finding. This is done without otherwise affecting access to the criminal records.
In Indiana, the expunged records can still be considered by courts in future cases or used by law enforcement and government agencies for very limited purposes.
Obtaining a Free Expungement in Indiana
In Indiana, there are several nonprofit organizations that can assist eligible low-income individuals in the need of a free criminal record expungement. To qualify, you must be an individual whose income is below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. One of the nonprofit organizations that offers free expungement services include:
- Indiana Legal Services, Inc
- Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
- Project GRACE – Pro Se Expungement Help Desk
- Indiana Legal Help
- New Leaf
- Second Chance Expungement Initiative
- The Papillon Foundation
- Indiana Helpers
Obtaining an expungement for free or an extremely low cost is possible in Indiana if you qualify based on income level.