Alabama Legislature approves measure to expunge criminal records

For the first time Alabama residents who have been charged with a non-violent felony or misdemeanor, but never convicted, may soon be able to erase the record from public view due to a new measure to expunge criminal records.

The “expungement” measure was finalized Tuesday – the Senate first approved it in January — and is awaiting Gov. Robert Bentley’s signature. The governor’s office said today the bill is under standard legal review.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Roger Bedford, D-Russellville, is set to go into effect in 90 days after Bentley signs it.

The measure requires payment of a $300 administrative fee and the expunging of a person’s criminal record would require a petition to an Alabama circuit court in the jurisdiction where the charge was filed.