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Indiana has a new Expungement Law

Ever make a mistake and wish you had a second chance? Well, now Indiana residents have that opportunity.
Ever make a mistake and wish you had a second chance? Well, now Indiana residents have that opportunity.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence recently signed a bill that allows certain people to petition the court and have criminal charges taken off their record. Today IPFW organized an information session with lawyers to answer eligibility questions under the new law.

House Bill 1482 went into law on July 1, 2013. The law gives Indiana residents a second chance to clear their record of criminal offenses.

"It's a one time opportunity for those who have made a mistake in their life to utilize the law to expunge their record, which will positively impact their ability to get a job and in some cases even housing," says Fort Wayne City Councilman Glynn Hines. 

The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at IPFW held an information session to answer questions about the new law. Residents gathered at the Turner Chapel AME Church to meet with lawyers to see if they qualify to petition the court.

Certain crimes are not subject to this law including serious violent or sexual offenses. There is also a filing fee of about $140.

For more information about Bill 1482, visit: 
http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2013/HB/HB1482.2.html 
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