Moving forward from addiction: OWI record expungement

Moving forward in the wake of substance abuse or addiction issues can be daunting. One impediment can be the weight of a conviction for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or another substance (OWI). The record of conviction for OWI can interfere with one’s career, job prospects or many other aspects of life.

Indiana law enables those with OWI convictions to expunge – or seal from public view – their criminal histories to help put those matters in the past. In general, to be eligible for expungement, five years must pass from the date of conviction (eight years if the conviction was a felony) and all costs, fees and fines must be paid.

Other criminal convictions can affect the expungement as well. An experienced attorney can determine how best to seek and secure an expungement in each person’s circumstance.

This article was written by attorney David Henn, managing partner for Henn Haworth Cummings + Page Law. Visit for more information.