Expunging Nonviolent Offenses by Minors

After being heard in the House’s Judiciary B Subcommittee, Senate Bill 397 Expunge Nonviolent Offense by Minor is now one step closer to becoming law.

This bill, which was already passed through the Senate, allows for delinquency for Class F or lower felony offenses to be expunged from one’s record for first time offenders who are under the age of 18.  There are additional provisions in which they must have no subsequent convictions as an adult, have a high school diploma, and have performed at least 100 hours of community service.

There is an exception to expunction in which State and local law enforcement agencies would be able to see the juvenile’s records for employment purposes.  As Rep. Glazier stated, this bill expunges about 90% of a minor’s record for nonviolent offenses.

The bill passed through committee with support from all present committee members except Rep. Stam.

 

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