Why Would a Person Need an Expungement?

The moment an individual is arrested by the police and taken into custody, that individual has a criminal history, even if the arrest does not lead to charges being filed or a conviction. The consequences of a criminal arrest or conviction can be severe and long-lasting. Employment opportunities, voting rights, access to government assistance, and financial aid for education and technical training can all be negatively impacted by the existence of a criminal record. There is a legal process for some criminal records to be expunged. To learn more as to whether you qualify and instructions on filing please visit the website of New Orleans’ Justice and Accountability Center.  Click here for their online guide.  And click here for their brochure.  If you provide your email address they will send you information about how to continue with an expungement on your own.