Expungement Lawyer in New Orleans

“I was wrongly convicted of a crime in 1997 and John got it expunged. He explained the process clearly and was very professional and sincere. “

– J Guillot

Experienced Expungement Attorney

Were you recently arrested and the case did result in a conviction?  Did you plead guilty as a first-time criminal offender and receive probation? There is a chance you can still protect yourself from losing your job or source of income, housing or license with an expungement of your criminal record.

With an expunction, all records that pertain to the specific case can be removed from the court for public use and should not be used against you if you are arrested in the future.

If you have recently been arrested for a crime, and want to ensure that your previous conviction is hidden from the court, contact me – New Orleans criminal lawyer, John Radziewicz with Crescent City Law. It is my job to make sure that your rights are protected and you receive fair treatment by the court. You may seek expungement if you were:

  • Arrested, but the charges were dropped
  • Your case was dismissed
  • You were found innocent
  • You completed your sentence for a minor crime you plead guilty to
  • You were placed on probation under Article 893 or 894*
  • You were under 18 when you were convicted of a felony for simple drug possession

It is important to remember that an Expungement helps you when you are trying to find work, housing or obtain any necessary licenses including professional or personal, but certain State Agencies will still have access to your case:

  • Any law enforcement agency
  • Criminal justice agencies
  • Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing
  • Louisiana State Board of Dentistry
  • Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
  • Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, Office of Disciplinary Counsel, and the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions
  • Emergency Medical Services Certification Commission
  • Any person or entity requesting a record of all criminal arrests and convictions pursuant to La R.S. 15:587.1 which deals with job positions where the employee is in a supervisory or disciplinary role of authority over children…

An Expungement can help you live your daily life without interruption or shame.

Is a drug conviction eligible for expungement?


  • You may have your criminal charges expunged if the charges did not result in adjudication. This means your drug charges can be expunged if the judge does not review evidence or argumentation set forth by the litigants.
  • Additionally, in Louisiana, juveniles can have their drug charges expunged if they meet the following criteria:
  • if a misdemeanor, two or more years have passed since the convicted person has completed the most recent judgement against him or her;
  • if a felony, adjudication was not murder, manslaughter, a sex crime, kidnapping or armed robbery, five or more years have passed since the convicted person has completed the most recent judgement against him or her, the convicted person has no criminal court felony convictions or misdemeanors involving a weapon, the person has no outstanding indictment or bill of information charging him or her.



  • The convicted person’s records may be expunged if:
    • The time limitation for initiating prosecution has expired or if prosecution has been instituted and these proceedings have been disposed of by dismissal, sustained of a motion to quash or acquitted.
    • If you have been arrested for a felony drug charge, you may request expungement if the prosecutor declines to prosecute, or the prosecution has been instituted and these proceedings have been disposed of, sustained of a motion to quash or acquitted.

What are some other types of Charges that Can Be expunged?

  • Assault
  • Simple battery
  • Theft
  • Hit and run
  • Reckless operation
  • Possession of drugs
  • Trespassing
  • Flight from an officer
  • Resisting arrest
  • Property damage
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Prostitution
  • False report
  • Illegal carrying of weapons
  • Identity theft
  • Issuing worthless checks
  • Food stamp fraud
  • Medicaid fraud
  • Driving under suspension
  • Shoplifting
  • Possession of Drugs
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute Drugs

How Much Does an Expungement Cost in Louisiana?

The court costs for file an expungement are about $600.00 and Crescent City Law charges a flat rate of $1500.00 in attorneys’ fees for most expungements.  An average expungement takes between 4 to 6 months to be completed.

Changes to the Law in Louisiana for Expungements

In June 2014, Gov. Jindal signed a comprehensive new law that created uniformity for expungements through Louisiana. In response to the new law, Crescent City Law wrote a new blog to provide you with updated information. For updated information, please visit that blog: New Expungement Laws in Louisiana.

Free Initial Consultation | 504-264-9492

Seeking a criminal defense lawyer who has experience with expungements is necessary for success. Your free initial consultation with me is just a phone call or email away. Contact me at (504) 264-9492 for your free consultation with an experienced expungement lawyer. Evening, weekend and offsite meetings are available by appointment.


***Please note that expungements do not guarantee the reinstatement of the right to lawfully possess a firearm under Louisiana and Federal laws.

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