The filing fee for a motion for expungement is $550, payable to the Clerk of Court at the time that the motion is filed.
An applicant shall not be required to pay a filing fee if a certification from the District Attorney verifies that the applicant has no felony conviction, and no pending charges under a bill of information or indictment, and at least one of the following applies:
An individual desiring to have a criminal record of arrest and/or conviction expunged must first go to the Orleans Parish Clerk of Criminal District Court, or to the Clerk of Orleans Parish Municipal-Traffic Court, or to the Clerk of the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court to obtain an expungement packet.
An expungement packet is a group of forms used to file a motion for expungement. The expungement packet contains forms to be used for three types of expungement, as well as the forms to be used when filing a motion to set aside conviction and dismiss prosecution under Articles 893 and 894, if applicable.
The person must also apply for a certification letter from the Office of the Orleans Parish District Attorney.
The person must also obtain a background check from the New Orleans Police Department, the Louisiana State Police or the Clerk of Criminal District Court (if the charge to be expunged was filed in the Criminal District Court).
Once the certification letter is issued, and the certification of fee waiver (if applicable) is obtained, these forms along with the background check must be filed with the appropriate Clerk of Court. At that point, the clerk will inform the applicant of any court date that will be scheduled.
Once the motion for expungement is properly filed, notification is forwarded to the respective law enforcement agencies and to the District Attorney, providing those agencies the opportunity to lodge objections if they so choose. The court would then schedule a hearing on the objections or on the expungement request. If and when the court grants the motion for expungement, the applicant will receive two certified copies of the court judgment, and the necessary law enforcement agencies also will be provided with the order of expungement.