Alabama has a new law that will allow many people who have been accused of committing a criminal offense, but had the charges dismissed, were found not guilty by a jury, or completed a program such as drug court or pretrial diversion to have the record of their arrest expunged from their criminal history.
This is a very big deal. At Skier & Associates, we have been advocating and lobbying for such a law for nearly a decade. It seemed to us to be demonstrably unfair that there was no remedy to have a criminal history cleared under these circumstances.
Our initial reading of the law is that the law will apply to people who were accused of a misdemeanor offense or a non-violent felony offense, and the case was disposed by dismissal, nolle pross, no-bill by a grand jury, or acquittal at trial.