Back to the Basics – Expungements in Alabama

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We all make and have made mistakes, after all, we are human. However, some mistakes are bigger than others in which you may pay a higher cost for your mistakes, such as when you are convicted of a crime. When you have been convicted of a crime, not only may you go to jail, but familial relationships are strained, you may lose your job, and even finding housing, after being convicted, can be difficult.

But second chances can be given depending on what type of conviction you have. If you or a loved one would like to get your record expunged, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Birmingham criminal law attorney so that we can strategize about the best possible outcomes for your situation.

Expungements

Expungements can be very beneficial to you, if your mistake in life was being convicted of a crime. Getting your record expunged is a process in which a prior criminal conviction is taken from your criminal record and is deemed unavailable, in most instances, to the state or federal government. In Alabama, expungements are governed under Alabama Code Section 15-27-1.

According to Alabama law, there are only certain cases in which your record can be expunged, which is good considering previously there was no way to get your record expunged in Alabama. To break Alabama’s expungement laws down, generally, to be considered for an expungement: the criminal charge must be a misdemeanor or nonviolent felony; the charge was dismissed; you were not found guilty of the crime; you successfully completed a drug or mental health program; or the charge was no-billed by the Grand Jury.

However, because every situation is different, it is important to seek legal advice to determine whether or not you are eligible for an expungement.  Also, in Alabama, if a case was dismissed without prejudice because it can be filed at a later date, there must be a two-year waiting period before filing an expungement proceeding. Also, misdemeanors, traffic citations, and municipal ordinances violations can be expunged, however, for felony cases to be expunged certain restrictions apply.  Because there are nuances to Alabama’s expungement law, seek legal representation if you are considering getting your record expunged.

Need Legal Advice?

Getting a conviction expunged from your record is a huge achievement. Expungements allow for your life to be made a lot easier, whether personal or professional. Though you may be feeling overwhelmed with your prior record, it does not have to be that way and you have options available to you. Because all situations are different, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Birmingham personal injury attorney at Massey, Stotser, & Nichols, PC to help you with your case. Contact our office today!

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