Louisiana has recently revised its expungement laws making the process of placing a conviction behind less burdensome. Fortunately, any felony arrest that was either not prosecuted or resulted in a dismissal or an acquittal at trial can be expunged from your record. The only exception to this rule would be for those placed into a pre-trial diversion program for a DWI. Drunk driving diversions, by statute, must wait five years from their successfully completing the program before they can expunge the DWI arrest from their record.
Obtaining an expungement is not too difficult though there are some bureaucratic hurdles and expenses to incur. The good news is that expungements for arrests not resulting in a conviction can get most, if not all, of the filing fees waived.
All expungements in Louisiana are simply shielding mechanisms. The Court does not order the destruction and erasure of your files. From a practical stand point, expungements will prevent the public at large from finding out about your arrest. This is important for people applying for schools or jobs requiring background checks. That said, the police department will maintain a permanent record of your arrest, the reports and records of any DNA samples or fingerprint cards generated. You’ll also have a booking photo that can be used in future lineups.
If you were arrested but were not convicted of a crime, we’ll gladly meet with you to discuss the process of obtaining the expungement. Call MGK&B and speak to oe of our lawyers today at 225-383-9703.