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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Ind. Law - "Indiana expungement law gives woman a fresh start"

Well, maybe not.

This story in the Louisville Courier Journal, by Aubrey Woods, repeats something the ILB has commented on earlier. Expungement covers only official records. If your expungement efforts become the focus of a news story, your name and story will likely turn up for years in internet searches. From the long story:

SEYMOUR, Ind. – In June 2008, KB [the ILB has elected to use initials] pleaded guilty to a Class D felony charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance in Jackson Circuit Court.

It’s a decision that has followed her on job interviews across the country over the past five years, the 25-year-old woman said.

A state law that went into effect July 1 has allowed the former Seymour resident to erase her criminal conviction.

Jackson County Prosecutor AmyMarie Travis said she could not comment on specific cases such as KB’s, but she has concerns about the law because it can allow people to mask previous problems such as internal theft from potential employers.

But Travis also acknowledges she would urge a family member to take advantage of the law if they could.

KB now wants others with similar criminal convictions to know there’s hope.

“I think it will help a lot of other people,” KB said.

She was the first person to file a petition for expungement of her record in Jackson County, and only about a half-dozen more have filed requests in the county, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Chalfant said. * * *

KB said she learned about the state expungement law when she was working as an intern at the Statehouse during the most recent session.

“I immediately called my lawyer’s office to figure out what I needed to do,” she said.

KB was eligible. That process came to a successful conclusion March 14 when KB and Johnson attended a hearing in front of Senior Judge Frank W. Guthrie in Jackson Circuit Court. * * *

KB said her life has changed since her conviction.

“I don’t do those things anymore,” she said of the events that led to her arrest.

She said she’s always had a job and is doing a lot of “right” things like volunteering in the community.

KB said having her record expunged just seemed to be a new beginning.

She also recently obtained a job with a technology company in Columbus.

KB said the state law is a good for people such as herself who committed a criminal act years ago.

“It doesn’t have to hinder you from getting employment,” she said. “You don’t have to have your record following you the rest of your life.”

Really, I wish people would stop volunteering for these stories.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 1, 2014 10:11 AM
Posted to Indiana Law