What is an 894 Plea in Louisiana?
“894” is simply the code of criminal procedure article that allows for a misdemeanor conviction to be expunged after successfully completing probation. So the term “894 plea” simply means you are pleading guilty to a misdemeanor with an expungement opportunity. Under article 894, a guilty plea conviction can be set aside and the prosecution dismissed after the conclusion of the probationary period when the probationary conditions are satisfied; there are no new convictions; and no new arrests pending against the probationer. A conviction set aside under article 894 has the same civil effects as an acquittal but can be used as a prior conviction for any habitual offender or statutory enhancements available on a new arrest and prosecution. As a general rule, article 894 can be used every 5 years unless it is for a DWI. In that case, it can be used every 10 years.
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