How to Seal a Criminal Record in Indiana

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In certain instances, you can seal or expunge a criminal record in the state of Indiana. This essentially erases the record from existence. Filing such a request is relatively easy. Once you file your petition, the court will either grant your request outright, hold a hearing on the matter, or deny it.

Determine if you qualify. According to the Indiana Legislative Services agency, you can petition for expungement if you were arrested, but no criminal charges were brought against you. You can also file if you had criminal charges filed, but they were dropped due to mistaken identity. The same is true if no actual crime took place or if there was lack of probable cause. You cannot have any other arrests on record or current charges pending, according to the Indiana Justice Center. You do not qualify for expungement if you have been convicted of a crime or if you received a non-guilty verdict in a case that went to trial.

Draw up a petition to request a sealing of your Indiana arrest record. You can do this on your own or hire an attorney to do it for you. The petition should include the date of your arrest, what you were charged with, the agency that employed the officer who arrested you, name of the officer, case number, your birthdate and social security number and a verification — a statement that all the information in your petition is true.

File the petition with the court where you received charges or with a county court with criminal jurisdiction if charges were never filed.

Send a copy of the petition to the organization of the arresting officer and the state central depository.


  • If you were convicted of a crime and released from parole, jail or probation more than 15 years ago, you can ask the state police department to provide limited access by criminal justice agencies and no information by non-criminal justice agencies, says the Indiana Justice Center. You can also request expungement of juvenile criminal records by petitioning the court that handled the child. They will examine a number of criteria in determining whether to grant the request.


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