Does An Expungement Clear Your Criminal Record?

Everyone appreciates being given a second chance, and nowhere is this more true than after you have been convicted of a crime and served your sentence or paid the fine. Kentucky expanded the number of felony charges that are eligible for expungement in 2016, opening the door for many residents to clear their records and continue their journeys as productive, law-abiding citizens.

However, while this development could be good news if you have a prior conviction you would like to get cleared from your record, the expungement process can be complex, particularly for felony convictions. Jeremy S. Aldridge, the lead attorney at Aldridge & Aldridge Law Firm, can assist you in the expungement process. He will help you research to see if you are eligible for expungement and advise you at each step of the process.

Steps Involved In Felony Expungement In Kentucky

To clear your record of a felony, you will need to follow the state's process precisely or risk losing your chance at expungement. Here are some of the basic steps to getting an expungement:

  1. Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility for expungement, which costs $40. While the new law expanded the process to more than 60 Class D felonies, not every felony can be expunged.
  2. Work with your attorney to fill out the certification packet within 30 days of receiving it. The fee will be $500.
  3. You will also need to file the Application to Vacate Felony Conviction Form along with your packet.
  4. A prosecutor may object to the expungement and schedule a hearing, which your attorney can help you prepare to participate in.

  5. It can take up to four months for your expungement case to be decided, even if no hearing is requested.

If you receive an expungement, your conviction will be vacated, and records of the charge will be erased in the state's data systems. You will not have to disclose your conviction afterwards on any background check for employment, credit or any other type of application.

We Can Help You Start Over

You can trust our lawyer's years of experience in criminal defense representation when you seek to clear your criminal record. We serve clients in Louisville and Elizabethtown and elsewhere in central Kentucky. To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at 502-855-7584 or email us through our online contact form.