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Generally speaking, my fees range from $250.00-$500.00 per misdemeanor expungement. In other words, if you pled guilty on October 1, 2008 with a DUI 1st offense, Reckless Driving, and Speeding, the total fee for expunging those charges would be:


  • $ 42.50 (AOC Criminal Record and KSP Expungement Eligibility Certificate)
  • $250.00 (Attorney fee for the expungement of 3 charges in that charges)
  • $103.00 (District Court Expungement Filing Fee)
  • $395.50 Total Cost for Misdemeanor Expungement
  • For example: If you pled guilty on October 1, 2013 to, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and reckless driving the total fee for expunge those charges would be: $395.50 to expunge these three charges on a citation.


  • $ 42.50 (AOC Criminal Record and KSP Expungement Eligibility Certificate)
  • $ 1,000.00 Felony Expungement Attorney Fee
  • $ 51.50 Circuit Court Electronic Filing Fee
  • $ 250.00 Circuit Court Expungement Filing Fee
  • $ 1,344.00 Total Cost for Felony Expungement
  • For example: If you pled guilty on October 1, 2013 to possession of a control substance Class D felony offense, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia the total fee for expunge those charges would be as little as: $1344.00 for the expungement of all three charges on that indictment.

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I can work with clients and break up the payments to ½ upon engagement and the final ½ 30 days later.

My fees for felony expungement range from $1000.00 to $2500.00 for a felony expungement. The fees depend on the number, complexity, eligibility, and the time involved. Please call my receptionist Charlene Manley at (502) 589-6190 to schedule an appointment to meet with you. I do not charge for the initial expungement client interview

Expungement is the process by which a criminal conviction is dismissed and removed from a state criminal database. It is an order from the trial court directing state agencies to treat the criminal conviction as if it never existed.


Once we file your petition for expungement, the court and prosecutors review the petitions to determine if the petition complies with the expungement statute and notify any victim who may want to object and appear at your hearing.

If there is no object by any party and the court agrees that an expungement should be granted, the court will sign the expungement order or order a hearing. If the court signs the expungement order, the order is returned to county circuit court clerk's office to be entered. The Circuit Court Clerk deletes the convictions and any information about the charge from the court's records and databases.

The Circuit Court Clerk's office is to provide both of us with a copy of your expungement order and to notify the Corrections Department, arresting agencies, various state agencies, and the Kentucky State Police.

The state police have sixty days to notify and update NCIC (National Criminal Information Center) that the court has dismissed and expunged the conviction. While the state does not have the authority to order a federal agency to expunge your record, the NCIC record is actually updated by the Kentucky State Police as the custodian of criminal records in Kentucky.

There are certain employers, law enforcement agencies, and federal agencies that will still have access to expunged records. However, unless your job involves a position of trust like a lawyer, law enforcement officer, certain medical positions, the record will not be available.

If you are applying for admission to law school or to become a member of the bar, you are required to advise the law school or state bar examiner if you have had a criminal conviction expunged.

Kentucky's expungement law provides you certain protections under KRS 431.073 (6):

Upon entry of an order vacating and expunging a conviction, the original conviction shall be vacated and the record shall be expunged. The court and other agencies shall cause records to be deleted or removed from their computer systems so that the matter shall not appear on official state-performed background checks. The court and other agencies shall reply to any inquiry that no record exists on the matter. The person whose record is expunged shall not have to disclose the fact of the record or any matter relating thereto on an application for employment, credit, or other type of application. If the person is not prohibited from voting for any other reason, the person's ability to vote shall be restored and the person may register to vote.

Don't Let Your Past Define You

Work with an expungement attorney in Kentucky

The attorneys at make expunging your record as easy as a phone call. Upon submitting the necessary information to our office to locate your records and paying the required fees to obtain them, we will discuss what your goals are and how we can help you.

We will then file the expungement petition and order and appear in court so you don't have to! See our Process for Expungement page for more detail. Misdemeanor expungements generally will cost you $250.00, and felony expungements will generally cost $1,290.00. Fees and costs may vary based on your individual circumstance.

Benham Sims

Benham Sims has served as a prosecutor, Jefferson District Judge, and defense attorney for almost 30 years. He has been recognized as Kentucky's "Outstanding Public Servant" by the Kentucky Prosecutor's Advisory Council, "Prosecutor of the Year" by the Jefferson County Chapters of the Fraternal Order of Police, and appointed as a Jefferson District Court Judge and as a Special Justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court. In private practice, Benham Sims is a five time Louisville Magazine "Top Lawyer" Award Winner.

Benham has been an outspoken advocate for "smart on crime" changes to our criminal laws. His passion stems from a family history of public service to Kentucky. His grandfather, John Y. Brown, Sr., was Kentucky's youngest Speaker of the House, a Congressman during Roosevelt's famous 100 days, the author of the first Civil Right Act passed in the South, and was called the "Clarence Darrow of the South" by famed criminal attorney F. Lee Bailey. His uncle John Y. Brown, Jr. founded Kentucky Fried Chicken, and served as Governor of Kentucky from 1979-1983. His sister Dorothy gain national fame as a trial lawyer in the case of the "State of Florida vs. Casey Anthony" and as an expert on cross examination. Benham's wife Deborah is a respected Judge. His family includes lawyers, State Representatives, teachers, artists, national news correspondent and producers, domestic violence advocates and successful businessmen and businesswomen. This family history of public service inspired Benham to help draft and secure the passage of Kentucky's new expungement law. The Bill's sponsor asked Benham, as a former Judge, Prosecutor and Expungement Advocate to testify for the Bill's passage before the House Judiciary Committee. Benham would be the first to tell you that expungement reform has been the most important work of his life.

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