As criminal defense attorney I am often asked, “Can I expunge an EPO or DVO?” If certain criteria are met, you can expunge an EPO or IPO in Kentucky. You will need to pay the initial fee of $40.50 for a background check. Once that is certified by the state, your attorney can file to have the records expunged.
Fortunately, Kentucky law does allow people to expunge the records of the EPO filing and proceedings if the proceeding did not result in the issuance of a DVO or IPO. To be eligible for expungement, the following requirements must be met:
1. The proceeding did not result in the issuance of a DVO or IPO;
2. At least 6 months have elapsed since the dismissal of the case; and
3. During the 6 months prior to the expungement, the person cannot have been bound by a DVO or IPO relating to any other person.
The cost for attorney fees is typically $500, but may vary if you have felony or other issues to expunge from your record. If you have had an EVO or IPO against you dismissed, you are likely eligible to have all the records of the proceedings expunged.