State Rep. James Gordon, who faces two criminal misdemeanor complaints, has filed a bill in the Legislature that would allow people to ask a municipal or district court judge to expunge certain misdemeanor charges and convictions from their records.
I’m betting that this won’t pass. Not because the sponsor’s motives are suspect, but because it includes expunging convictions. Criminal defense attorney though I be, even I would be dubious of wiping away the record of a conviction. That information is important, and folks like potential employers need to know it. It’s also reliable, being either the finding of a jury or the admission of the individual.
That said, I really wish someone would introduce some legislation creating a process for expunging records of arrests that do not result in a conviction. As it is, in Alabama, if you get charged with a crime the record of the charges is going to follow you around for your whole life, even if a jury acquits you, or the charges are dismissed.