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Each Spring when the Alabama Legislature convenes in Montgomery, we at Skier & Associates look with a sometimes wary eye to see what new laws will emerge from the session.

We are happy to say that there are several promising pieces of legislation in the pipeline this year, and some of these could have a positive impact on our clients. This post will briefly explore two of these measures that will have the most impact on the people we serve.

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We at Skier & Associates have received information that there will be a bill filed in the upcoming legislative session that would expand Alabama’s existing expungement law to allow expungement of certain convictions as well as pardoned convictions.

As always, the legislative process is unpredictable and slow. Stay tuned to this space for updates and a critique of any new law passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.

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.

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