Life is certainly a learning curve. And along the way, many of us make poor character choices that later teach us the morals we ultimately adopt as our own. One such error in judgement is the crime of shoplifting, which happens to be among the most common adolescent and young adult offenses committed in the United States. Unfortunately, being arrested for shoplifting does stay on your permanent, public record forever; unless you do something about it, of course. If you wish to improve the quality of your life full-circle, you might want to consider the Indiana Second Chance laws. Keep in mind, however, not all petitioners qualify.
So, can you expunge a shoplifting arrest from your criminal record? Continue reading to learn how to find out.
Theft Charges in Indiana
If you were arrested for theft in Indiana, the type of charge you get, misdemeanor or felony, depends on the value of the stolen goods, and a few other contributing factors. Accordingly, the factors surrounding your eligibility for criminal record expungement will depend on the severity of your criminal charge. Below is a guide to help you understand the levels of punishment for different values of theft in Indiana.
📿 Under $750 = Class A Misdemeanor
🚙 Between $750 & $ 49,000 = Level 6 Felony
⛵ Over $50,000 = Level 5 Felony
Do You Qualify for Expungement?
Your eligibility for criminal record expungement first depends on whether or not you were ever charged, what you were charged with, and how long it has been since the date of your arrest. Additional contributing factors that determine your eligibility include your recent criminal history, employment, citizenship, and more.
Talk to a licensed Indiana expungement attorney for help confirming your eligibility for criminal record expungement. Keep in mind, not all offenses can be expunged. See our blog, “What You Can and Cannot Expunge” to learn more. But not to worry; if you do not qualify for expungement, you may be eligible for record sealing.
How to Start Your Expungement Application
Call our Indianapolis criminal defense law firm at 317-636-7514 if you would like to petition for restricted access or expunge an arrest from your criminal record in Indiana. We are happy to provide free initial consultations to discuss your case without any out-of-pocket obligations. And our rates start as low as $850! Whether you are looking to seal or expunge a criminal record, we are the criminal lawyers to trust for a hassle-free petitioning process. Take advantage of this opportunity and get your criminal record expunged this year!