DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ORDER (DVO) EXPUNGEMENT
Expungement is an important procedure by which may have court records wiped clean as if the records never existed. Sometimes, people bring court proceedings against others based on a misunderstanding or insufficient and even false evidence. Because of the need to quickly protect the vulnerable victims of domestic violence, Kentucky law allows people to obtain emergency protective orders ex parte as a prelude to the formal process of obtaining a domestic violence order (DVO) or an interpersonal violence order (IPO). However, oftentimes the process does not result in a finding of domestic violence and the entry of a DVO or IPO. The law also recognizes that simply being named in such a proceeding can be very damaging to one’s reputation, well-being, and standing in the community. Fortunately, Kentucky law allows people to expunge the records of the DVO or IPO 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.
If you had a DVO or IPO against you dismissed, you may be eligible to have all the records of the proceedings expunged. Contact the Ron Aslam Law Office today at (502) 536-7981 to find out what we can do for you.