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Statewide Forms & Instructions
Expungement Forms Index Louisiana Clerks of Court Association
Expungements in Louisiana, Your Questions Answered Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana
Criminal Record Expungements in Louisiana Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
Expungement “How To” Checklists Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana
Local Forms & Instructions
Ascension Parish Motion to Set Aside Conviction & Expungement Forms
Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Expungement of Criminal Records
Baton Rouge City Court Expungement Forms
Beauregard Parish Expungements
Caddo Parish Expungement Procedures
Calcasieu Parish Expungements
Calcasieu Parish Fresh Start Initiative Program
East Baton Rouge Parish Motion for Expungement
Jefferson Parish Criminal Record Expungement Procedure, Instructions and Fees
Jefferson Parish Juvenile Expungement Information Sheet
Lafayette Parish Expungements
Orleans Parish Expungement Procedures and Motion for Expungement
Plaquemines Parish Expungement of Criminal Records
Rapides Parish Expungements
Sabine Parish Expungement Forms
St. John the Baptist Parish Motion for Expungement of Misdemeanor Record
St. Tammany Parish Expungement Forms
Shreveport Expungement Forms & Instructions
Tangipahoa Parish: Motion for Expungement of Record
Terrebonne Parish Expungement Forms & Instructions
Union Parish Expungement Forms & Instructions
Louisiana Expungements in a Nutshell
Louisiana’s New Expungement Law, Act No. 145, has been effective since August 1, 2014.
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
- You were found not guilty at trial
- You did not participate in a pretrial diversion program
- 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
- You did not plea to Article 894 or a diversion case.
If you were expressly sentenced under Code of Criminal Procedure Article 893 or 894, and if you did everything the judge told you to do, e.g, anger management, community service, pay fines, pay court costs, and you have stayed out of trouble, then you are eligible for an expungement.
Some crimes are statutorily prohibited from being expunged. If you were convicted under one of these types of crimes, then you are not eligible for an expungement.
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 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 submit 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.
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