TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Thousands of Indiana residents could have old criminal records expunged under a new state law that goes into effect next month.
"It gives a person the opportunity to clean their record up based upon a really silly or stupid mistake," Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington said. "That's the way this bill was portrayed to the public."
Harrington said the goal of the law was to give people who've only had one minor conviction, a second chance.
"Prosecutors around the state, we support giving people a second chance," Harrington said. "The 18, 19 or 20 year old who makes a silly mistake, we support that person getting that second chance."
But Harrington said there are some loopholes he doesn't agree with. This will mark the first time Indiana has allowed crimes such as drunken driving and drug dealing to be erased by the courts.
"It allows a person to clean up OWIs, which means they can go get their license and CDL and possibly drive a school bus," Harrington explained. "It allows people who have convictions that maybe would be people we don't want working in the school systems."
However, limits do apply. Violent crimes and sex crimes couldn't be expunged, and the person seeking expungements would have to show they stayed out of trouble. The law goes into effect July 1.
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