Expungement Today

Expungement today is a hot new subject and is a new means to help a reformed individual put past mistakes in the rear view mirror. This is one of the many issues which is a specialty of Hodges Trial Lawyers. Please see our main website to learn more ways we can help you with all your legal issues. Actual law and state fees…

If you have ever been arrested, even if the charges were dismissed or you completed a diversion program, the arrest remains public record and can affect many aspects of your life. As of 2014, Alabama passed a new expungement law allowing certain charges to be expunged from your record. If your charge involved a non-violent crime, chances are you qualify for an expungement. Examples of violent crimes that cannot be expunged include:

  • Murder/Capital Murder/Manslaughter; .
  • Assault; .
  • Kidnapping; .
  • Sexual Abuse/Rape/Sodomy .
  • Burglary; .
  • Arson; .
  • Stalking; .
  • Domestic Violence, First and Second Degree; .
  • Trafficking; and Distribution or Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance

If you have charges that you would like taken off of your record, the attorneys at Hodges Trial Lawyers are well-versed in the area of expungement and can help navigate you through the process. Contact our office to see if you qualify to have your charges expunged

New Alabama law to wipe out criminal records goes into effect July 7

Alabama residents who have been arrested, but not convicted of a crime, can soon file to have their arrest record wiped away under a new law set to go into effect July 7.  If you think you might be eligible to wipe out criminal records from your past, please contact Hodges Trial Lawyers.  We can walk you through the process and determine whether you qualify.

It requires a $300 administrative fee and court costs still to be determined by state court officials.  Please read our Expungement Today post for more detail information.

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.