Criminal conviction; expungement of record. (SB111)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Expungement of criminal conviction record. Allows a person convicted of certain criminal offenses to petition to have his conviction expunged after a five-year period has expired following the conviction, upon a showing that his opportunities for employment, education, or professional licensure are prejudiced by the existence of the criminal record. Expungement would not be available for someone convicted of a violent felony, a DUI-related offense, an offense for which registration on the sex offender registry is required, or domestic violence. Read the Bill »

Status

12/27/2013: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee

History

DateAction
12/27/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103167D
12/27/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB111)
01/20/2014Stricken at the request of Patron in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (SB111)

Comments

Pam J. writes:

Please, please please consider this bill. I am currently 43 years old. At the age of 19 I was convicted of grand larceny. I served my time and successfully completed my probation. I have been granted restoration of my civil rights by the Governor of Virginia and have had my firearms rights restored in the Circuit Court. Yet, I cannot obtain decent employment because of a mistake I made almost 25 years ago. At that time I did not know the magnitude of a guilty plea. I was young. I made a mistake and I am still paying for it. I have a college degree and even that does not outweigh my criminal conviction. I clean houses for a living because that is the only way I can support myself and my children. I need and desperately want to do something else with my life. Please, even if there is a process to apply for the expungement and a fee for such, I would be willing and it would be worth every minute and dime spent. My future is at stake. I am not getting any younger and I need to be able to obtain a real job with real benefits asap. Thank you