Articles Posted in Expungement

APRIL 20, 2015 – Mecklenberg County, NC

Pro football player, Greg Hardy, has petitioned for an expungement of his criminal record. According to Hardy’s attorney, Tony Scheer, “He’s been found guilty of absolutely nothing…”

This is actually true. The charges against Hardy were dismissed on the first day of trial after his accuser failed to show up to court. Hardy did, however, reach a settlement with his accuser before the trial began. Continue reading →

LANCASTER, PA

Steven Breit, a criminal defense attorney and FOX 43 legal analyst, appeared this morning to discuss expungements. The conversation began with the host, Amy Lutz, precariously asking “Is everyone eligible to get their record expunged?” Brett’s answer covers what many people are wondering: “If you were charged with a summary offense, and you are free from arrest or conviction for 5 years…you can have that summary offense expunged – that is erased from your criminal history. This is much different from states like California, where a criminal record cannot be completely erased, as the term “expungement” implies. Continue reading →

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

The state has seen more than 24,000 crimes be sealed from public view over the last two years. The push for changes in legislation comes from the criminal defense lobby, and looks to shorten the length of time an applicant has to wait until the expungement is granted and the criminal records in question are updated. The lobby is also advocating for a wider selection of crimes to be eligible for expungement, as well as increase the court’s ability to process more expungements.

In 2014, courts granted 11,598 expungements, 2,798 of which were felonies, and 8,800 misdemeanors. Now to be added to the list of expunge-able offenses are those involving possession of marijuana. Continue reading →

NEW JERSEY

The question, posed by NJ.com, asked respondents to identify whether they believed expunging a criminal record was fair.

So far, nearly 60% of poll-takers have agreed that expungements are fair, and that the expungement process “is a fair way of erasing past mistakes.” One reader expanded by saying that arrests and dismissals should automatically be removed from criminal records. Continue reading →

As part of Huffington Post’s What’s Working series, the founder of the National Expungement Project take to task the internet for its lack of information on expungements. An expungement is the legal process by which someone convicted of, or charged with, a crime (the capacity differs by state) erases or modifies their record to no longer show the conviction. Continue reading →

For the third consecutive year, Philadelphia City Council member, Cindy Bass, is holding a clinic for those seeking criminal record expungements.

Looking to expand opportunities for those who have criminal records, Bass hosts the clinic in an effort to help people with criminal pasts clear their records. Continue reading →

According to The Weed Blog, New Approach Oregon, looking to move Oregon lawmakers forward to passing legislation that would lessen pot offender’s sentences while making expungement of criminal records possible for marijuana-related offenses, hired a lobbyist.

House Bill 3372 and Senate Bill 364 have stimulated New Approach to team up with Bus Project and host phone banks to help fuel public support for the passage of the two bills. Oregon has some of the highest rates of marijuana possession arrests in the country – 1 out of 14 according to The Oregonian. What’s more, these arrests, as researched by the ACLU, indicate racial biases. African Americans are twice as likely to be arrested for Marijuana possession than whites in Oregon, even though they use pot at the same rate, and comprise less of the population. Continue reading →

A Missouri State Senate Committee heard expungement bills on Tuesday, March 17th, sponsored by Senator Bob Dixon, a Republican from Springfield. One bill, put together by the Missouri Bar, has the most promise and is the most comprehensive, according to Dan Viets, a private practice attorney in Columbia, Missouri, and a member of the board of directors for Norml. Continue reading →

DETROIT, MI

Michigan’s newly enacted expungement laws changes the requirements for those convicted of low-level felonies. The argument behind it: to help offenders get jobs and housing.

Prior to Governor Rick Snyder’s signing of the bill, criminal records with one felony – with the exception of sexual assaults, murders and armed robberies – and one “major” misdemeanor could not be expunged. The new bill changes that. Criminal records that contain one felony and up to two misdemeanors can be expunged. In these cases, only the felony may be erased. Although the misdemeanors remain on the record, that can mean the difference between being able to advance into a better position at a job, or being able to vote in an election. Continue reading →