ALABAMA LEGISLATURE PASSES EXPUNGEMENT BILL SB108
The Alabama Legislature finalized and passed the long awaited Expungement law on April 2, 2014. According to the summation of the bill as passed, “This bill would authorize a person charged with certain nonviolent felony or misdemeanor criminal offenses, a violation, a traffic violation, or a municipal ordinance violation to petition the circuit court to have his or her records expunged, including, but not limited to, arrest records, fingerprints, photographs, or index references in documentary or electronic form, relating to the arrest or charge, or both, and conviction in certain instances.”
Need a Lawyer for an Expungement Case in Huntsville?
A criminal record could follow you for the rest of your life, affecting your personal and especially your professional life for years no matter how long ago the offense occurred. It may necessitate explanation when applying for a new job or whenever a background check is done. In order to move on from the mistakes you've made, you should be able to have a clean slate. If you have a prior conviction in Alabama and meet certain criteria, your record could possibly be expunged. At the law firm of Brian D. Clark, P.C., we believe in second chances and attorney Brian Clark is committed to putting his more than 22 years of legal experience to work in order to make that happen. Brian Clark is dedicated to providing each and every client first class representation from start to finish and will identify and develop the best strategy possible to achieve positive results. If you are interested in expunging your criminal record, there are many steps that must be taken and many factors impacting those steps. In order to make sure you are eligible to expunge your record and that you follow procedure correctly, it is advisable that you retain the services of a criminal defense attorney familiar with the Alabama process of expunging of criminal records.
If you think you may qualify for an expungement and to learn more about how we can assist you in petitioning to have your record expunged, contact us today at (256) 705-0200 for a confidential consultation.
WHY IS AN EXPUNGEMENT IMPORTANT?
Even if you were never convicted of a crime but you were arrested, or charged with a crime those records will be available until you take action to clear your record. For example, if you were charged with a crime but the charges were dismissed, no-billed by the Grand Jury, or if you were found not guilty by a judge or jury, those records are not automatically erased. If an employer, landlord, educational institution or licensing agency, for example, runs your criminal history those records will still be displayed.
Typically, you may be eligible for an expungement if you were arrested for a crime, but:
- The charges were dismissed;
- You tried your case to either a Judge or Jury and you were acquitted (found not guilty);
- Your case was No Billed by the Grand Jury;
- You appealed your conviction and you were acquitted by the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals;
- You were convicted and subsequently pardoned;
- You completed deferred adjudication for a Class C Misdemeanor;
- You were never charged with an indictment or information and the charge is no longer pending.
Do not wait. Call attorney Brian Clark today so that he can evaluate your particular case and begin the investigation and preparation of a petition to have your record expunged.