Were you arrested, charged with a crime, such as DUI or assault, convicted then served a sentence following a trial in a Louisiana court? If so, you're certainly not the first and will not be the last. No two situations are the exactly the same and there are even situations where police errors or other glitches in the system lead to convictions that should never have occurred.
Many people in Louisiana, as well as throughout the nation, have experienced various challenges regarding seeking gainful employment, renting homes and other basic life changes after having been charged with a crime but not convicted, or after a conviction and serving time in prison. Employers often check your criminal background when you apply for positions in their companies.
If you have been arrested, you are likely concerned about how it will impact your future. Even if you are not convicted of the charges, the arrest will become part of your criminal history. Having a mark on your criminal record can adversely affect your employment opportunities, your ability to obtain government assistance, your ability to vote and more. Considering all that's at stake, you may have thought about having your record expunged, but you may be unsure exactly what that entails. In 2014, Louisiana modified its expungement laws. The following points will help you determine if you are eligible to have criminal charges removed from your record.