INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state appeals court has ordered a lower court judge
to seal the criminal records of an Indianapolis man who received a
suspended sentence under a plea agreement.
Alec Lucas asked a judge in 2012 to expunge his arrest record in a drug
case in which some charges were dropped. But the judge said the
expungement law didn't apply unless all charges were dropped.
The Indiana Court of Appeals said Tuesday that the local ruling reflected
a new 2013 law more than the statute that was in effect at the time, but
acknowledged the old law was confusing.
The court says the new law doesn't seem intended to clarify the old one
but switch the focus to whether an arrest leads to a conviction or is
vacated on appeal.