An Alabama expungement law was proposed in the Alabama House of Representatives on February 5, 2013. House Bill 56 would provide a way for misdemeanor criminal records to be expunged. Currently there is little or no way in Alabama to have any criminal arrest or conviction taken off of a permanent record. Presently, without an Alabama expungement law, if a person is charged and is acquitted of the crime, their record still shows the charges and the arrest. Information regarding an arrest or a conviction can follow a person forever. The arrest or conviction can haunt the person every time they fill out a job application, a mortgage application or apply for a sensitive position that requires a security clearance.
The passage of the bill would fill a important gap in our system of justice. The expungement law would allow people who were arrested and not convicted, for whatever reason, to clear their records. The Alabama appellate lawyers at Bradford Ladner, LLP support the bill, and would encourage you to contact your legislator and let them know your support for the bill.