FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY – Last week, a new Kentucky law went into effect that allows ex-offenders with certain Class D felony convictions to have their criminal records expunged.
The law establishes a process that allows ex-offenders to file an application with the court to have their convictions vacated and expunged after serving their sentence or five years after successfully completing probation or parole.
Once a person has had a felony successfully expunged, they cannot apply again for future convictions.
With an expunged record, eligible ex-offenders will no longer have to disclose their criminal past on employment or credit applications, nor will they be denied the right to vote in political elections.
“Kentucky’s new felony expungement law opens a world of new opportunities for people with criminal records,” said Louisville-based attorney, Kimberly Bunton. “But it does require them to jump through a few legal hoops that could make securing their next level of freedom challenging.”
It is important to note that not all Class D felonies are covered by the new expungement law.
“The law covers 70 percent of the Class D felony convictions and does not include sex or violent offenses,” said Bunton.
The filing fee for Kentucky’s felony expungement motion is $500 and it is accompanied by a $40 expungement certification. Additionally, a string of bureaucratic steps are included in the process that could make securing a full pardon challenging for ex-offenders.
“July 15th marks the first day Kentuckians can apply to have their felony record expunged, if they qualify under House Bill 40’s guidelines,” said Kentucky State Representative, Darryl T. Owens, who sponsored the expungement bill. “I think we must broaden the list of felonies eligible for expungement, but today we celebrate this ‘second chance’ opportunity for Kentuckians.”
To learn more about Kentucky’s new expungement law visit Kentucky.gov.