If you get arrested or convicted of a crime in Louisiana, it can have detrimental effects on your life. It could make it harder to get a job or find a place to live. It can be tough having that on your background, which is why the state does offer the option of expungement. However, this is not always an option for everyone, so you need to do your research.

The Louisiana State Bar Association explains expungement is only available in certain situations and for certain crimes. It is often based on the specifics of your case, so you will have to inquire about your situation to find out if you are eligible.

Only the court can award an expungement, so you must file documentation with the court. This includes paying a fee for the process. It can take up to 90 days to get a ruling. Keep in mind that an expungement only seals your records from the public. Law enforcement and certain government agencies still have access to them.

In addition, getting your background cleared from the public record does not get rid of any punishments from the conviction, such as having to register on the sexual offender registry, and it does not restore any privileges you lost, such as the right to own a gun.

As mentioned, there are requirements to meet to be eligible, and in addition, there is usually a required waiting period before you can apply for an expungement. This information is for education only. It is not legal advice.