Everyone makes mistakes. This common saying has drifted in and out of our lives. When one hears this statement, it’s quite easy to say that, yes, people do have their fair share of mistakes. This makes it seem as if anytime someone messes up, it’s no big deal. However, what if that mistake follows you around for the rest of your life? What if it affects your capability of getting a job or ability to peacefully raise a family? Unfortunately, many people are haunted by these mistakes” that soon turn into deeper tremors of resounding regret. Are you or someone you know in a situation similar to this? Bryan Coulter, experienced criminal defense attorney in Lafayette, IN has the solution for you.
On July 1, 2013, Indiana enacted the Second Chance Law.” This move by our state government opened up forgiveness, which led to promising opportunities for many individuals. This law allows people who have committed a crime to expunge or seal the crime that they were accused of, away from public records. By expunging a crime, this does not mean it is wiped off of one’s files. Instead, the criminal offense is forgiven in the sense that it will not come up in background checks. Only government officials will have access to view your offenses. By preventing individuals, like potential employers,  from delving into your past and pointing fingers at your mistakes, you have a chance at a fresh start. Instead of hopelessly wandering from interview to interview, you will receive that phone call back since you were able to pass the background check.

Requirements to Ensure Forgiveness

Literal to its name, a second chance sounds miraculous, doesn’t it? However, there are some requirements that must be met before one can attain this privilege.
The requirements are as follow:
  1. The individual can not have committed or been charged with other crimes during the waiting period. (Waiting period differs from case to case. Usually, it is five or eight years.)
  1. The sentence must be completed.
  1. There can not be a pending or existing driver’s license suspension.
  1. The filing fee must be paid.
Once it is ensured that these requirements have been met, Bryan Coulter, a criminal defense attorney in Lafayette, IN can assist you with your case. With firms in both Lafayette and Logansport, we pride ourselves in protecting your rights and making your voice heard in the courtroom. If conditions in your case permit, we will be able to make it inaccessible to any noncriminal justice entities. To clarify the expungement further, Indiana’s Second Chance Law does not eliminate the offense from your criminal record. Let us help you get your life back on track; we will guide you every step of the way.

What the Second Chance Law Cannot Fix

Not all offenses can be expunged from viewer accessibility. In order to uphold the ethical standards of society, not all cases will be permitted. When appealing to a higher court the case at hand will be reexamined in regards to the legal issues of the case. Examples of cases that cannot be expunged are as follow:
  1. In the occasion that an elected official is convicted of offense during his or her term in office or while in candidacy.
  1. The individual is convicted as a sex offender.
  1. An individual’s case involves the serious bodily injury to another person.
By following terms like the ones above, the Second Chance Law ensures that cases involved in the expungement process are not to the severe standard that society is at risk of being harmed. 

Coulter Law and Your Case

A second chance means a complete change in lifestyle. Being able to secure that job ensures a person a future of financial stability, not just for them, but for his or her family as well. Here at Coulter Law Office, we aim to decrease the number of individuals struggling to make ends meet due to one simple mistake. We recognize that it takes a specific person to successfully work on an appeal. With dozens of appellate cases under his belt, Mr. Coulter is ready to advocate your case, whether it be civil or criminal. Coulter Law Office promises to strive for your rights and deliver you back to your freedom.