How much does it cost to get an expungement?

Unfortunately, expungements can be expensive, due in large part to the court costs charged by the various governmental agencies involved.  In most expungements, if the judge orders the records expunged, fees of $50 each must be paid  to the prosecutor’s office and the local sheriff’s office, and $250 must be paid to the state.  Also, some clerk’s offices charge up to $200 or more just for the filing fee.  Thus, on a typical expungement, the court costs alone (not counting legal fees) can total $600.  This is an extremely unfair situation.  There are limited exceptions in the law to reduce the court costs, but they are difficult and require cooperation of the prosecutor.

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