I was convicted of a class D felony in 2002 but on doxpop.com it shows that it was a class B misdemeanor. I was also convicted in 2009 for felony DUI but in the plea agreement it stated that after completing probation I could petition the court to drop it to a misdemeanor, I would like to know how to go about the process of petitioning both courts to seal my records for employment purposes since indiana law changed this year to make this possible.
Find a lawyer to help. You're eligible 5y from the date of conviction for misdemeanors and 8y for felonies. You'll need to file a petition with the court. Then there will be a hearing on the petition.
You get one shot at sealing your records, so your first step is seeking an attorney to make sure it is done correctly.
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This is a complicated one. You definitely need a lawyer to handle these for you, because you get one shot at getting this done, and there are tight timelines for doing so. This isn't something you should ever try on your own. I get calls all the time of people who failed for one reason or another, and I have to explain to them that they may have to wait a given period of time to refile, or that the right is lost forever. Money spent on the right attorney for an expungement is worth its weight in gold. Don't skimp on this one. Do what you have to do to get the money to have this done right.
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