New Orleans

Expungement Attorney

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

Expunge your past, Expand your future...

If you were arrested, convicted, or even  if you plead guilty as a first-time criminal offender and received probation, contact me – New Orleans Expungement lawyer, John Radziewicz with Crescent City Law.

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 cannot be used against you if you are arrested in the future.

It is my job to make sure that your rights are protected and you receive fair treatment by the court.

Click here to find out if you qualify for an expungement

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
  • You received a First Time Offender Pardon

Why do I need an expungement?

Get a better job

Pass a background check

Legally say you’ve never been convicted

Have your rights restored

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.
  • 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.

How it works:

Step 2

We’ll evaluate your case and contact you to let you know if you’re eligible

Step 3

If you are eligible: we will begin the process of clearing your record immediately

Is a drug conviction eligible for expungement?

Juveniles

  • You may have your criminal charges expunged if the charges did not result in adjudication (a conviction). This means your drug charges can be expunged.
  • In Louisiana, juveniles can have their records expunged if they meet the following criteria:
    • For misdemeanors, you must wait until two years have passed after the date you were convicted and you must have completed your sentence for the most recent judgement against you;
    • For a felony conviction/adjudication, you must wait at least five years after the conviction, you must not must any new convictions, and you cannot be facing any new charges.
      • If you were adjudicated guilty of murder, manslaughter, a sex crime, kidnapping or armed robbery you are not eligible for an expungement.

Adults

A convicted person’s records may be expunged if:

  • The time limitation for initiating prosecution has expired or if prosecution has been instituted, but the charge were dismissed, the judge granted a motion to quash, or you were found not guilty (acquitted).
  • If you have been arrested for a felony drug charge, you may request expungement if the prosecutor does not prosecute (refuses the charge), or the prosecution has been instituted and these proceedings have been dismissed, the judge granted a sustained of a motion to quash, or you were found not guilty (acquitted).

The offenses are always eligible for expungement:

  • 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
  • Filing a False Police Report
  • Illegal carrying of weapons
  • Identity theft
  • Issuing worthless checks
  • Driving under suspension
  • Shoplifting
  • Possession of Drugs
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute Drugs
  • 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
  • Filing a False Police Report
  • Illegal carrying of weapons
  • Identity theft
  • Issuing worthless checks
  • Driving under suspension
  • Shoplifting
  • Possession of Drugs
  • Possession with the Intent to Distribute Drugs

How Much Does an Expungement Cost in Louisiana?

Crescent City Law offers a flat rate of $1,500.00 in attorneys’ fees for most expungements, which includes $550.00 in court costs.

*Crescent City Law understands that attorney fees are often an unplanned expense, so we offer a variety of payment plans.

An average expungement takes between 4 to 6 months to be completed.

***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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Call: 504-264-9492

Are you seeking a criminal defense lawyer who has the experience with expungements necessary for success? Contact me for a free consultation with an experienced expungement lawyer.

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