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Kentucky Criminal Expungement
Do you need a Kentucky Criminal Expungement? Having a Kentucky felony conviction on a person’s criminal record effects their entire life:
- Job opportunities
- College education
- Military service
- Loan eligibility
- gun ownership
- voting rights
- professional licensure
all these areas of life and more are effected by a Kentucky felony conviction. This makes it more difficult for people who have made a mistake to get their lives back on track.
NEW KENTUCKY CRIMINAL EXPUNGEMENT LAW
Effective July 15, 2016, certain Class D felony convictions can be expunged as a result of the 2016 General Assembly passing House Bill 40. HB 40 creates a process that permits a defendant to file an application to have his or her conviction vacated and expunged. If the court grants the application, the original judgment will be vacated and the charges dismissed. Records in the custody of any other agency or official, including law enforcement records, will be expunged.
Certain Class D felony convictions are now able to be expunged as a result of the 2016 General Assembly passing HB 40. TO SEE THE LIST OF ALL KENTUCKY FELONY CHARGES THAT ARE ELIGIBLE FOR CRIMINAL EXPUNGEMENT CLICK HERE. HB 40 creates a process that permits a defendant to file an application to have his or her conviction vacated and expunged. If the court grants the application, the original judgment will be vacated and the charges dismissed. Records in the custody of any other agency or official, including law enforcement records, will be expunged.
Timeline to File for a Kentucky Criminal Expungement
An application cannot be filed sooner than five years after the completion of the person’s sentence or five years after the successful completion of the person’s probation or parole, whichever occurs later.
Process to Obtain a Kentucky Criminal Expungement
A defendant who wishes to have a felony offense vacated and expunged may do the following beginning July 15, 2016.
1. Your Kentucky criminal expungement attorney will request an expungement certification from the Administrative Office of the Courts. Once the expungement certification is returned:
2. Your Kentucky criminal expungement attorney will complete the AOC legal form Application to Vacate and Expunge Felony Conviction (available soon) and file the form with the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk in the county where the conviction occurred. Attorneys may also eFile felony expungement motions.
- Attach the expungement certification to the motion and pay the filing fee.
- On the application, list any agencies that may have records pertaining to the arrest, charges or conviction.
3. If the prosecutor objects to the expungement within 60 days, the court will schedule a hearing and the circuit court clerk will send notice of the hearing.
4. If the prosecutor does not object, the court may issue an order without a hearing.
5. If the conviction is vacated and expunged, an order will be sent to the agencies listed on the motion. The court and all agencies will expunge their records so that information does not appear on official state-performed background checks.
The filing fee for a felony expungement motion is $500.
An expungement certification (a criminal record report to indicate what records are eligible to be expunged) is required to be filed along with the motion. The cost for an expungement certification is $40.
Effect of a Kentucky Criminal Expungement
Upon entry of an order vacating and expunging a conviction, the original conviction shall be vacated and the record shall be expunged. The court and other agencies shall cause records to be deleted or removed from their computer systems so that the matter shall not appear on official state-performed background checks. The court and other agencies shall reply to any inquiry that no record exists on the matter. The person whose record is expunged shall not have to disclose the fact of the record or any matter relating thereto on an application for employment, credit or other type of application. If the person is not prohibited from voting for any other reason, the person’s ability to vote shall be restored and the person may register to vote.
An order vacating a conviction under this section shall not extend or revive an expired statute of limitations, shall not constitute a finding of legal error regarding the proceedings leading to or resulting in the conviction, shall not nullify any findings of fact or conclusions of law made by the trial court or any appellate court regarding the conviction and shall not constitute a finding of innocence regarding the conviction. KRS 431.073(6), (7).
Information regarding the expungement order shall be retained by the Administrative Office of the Courts and will be accessible for the purpose of preparing an expungement eligibility certificate.
Defendants Charged With a Kentucky Felony But Not Indicted
HB 40 permits the expungement of felony charges originally filed in District Court that have not resulted in an indictment by the grand jury. The expungement petition, AOC-497.2, may be filed no sooner than 12 months following the date of the District Court decision to hold the matter to the grand jury. There is no filing fee for a petition to expunge felony charges not resulting in indictment. However, an expungement certificate must be requested and attached prior to filing.
Defendants Who Have Been Pardoned of a Kentucky Felony
A person who has been granted a full pardon may file to have a felony conviction vacated and expunged. The conviction does not have to be one of the offenses listed on the right.
At J. Clark Baird PLLC we help our client’s clean up their records with a Kentucky criminal expungement. If you want to see if your record is eligible for criminal expungement then contact us now at (502) 583-3388 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do felony expungements in courts all across Kentucky. We also do misdemeanor expungements in all Kentucky courts. Don’t let your past haunt your future! Contact Kentucky criminal expungement attorney J. Clark Baird and help make a new future for yourself!