Police and court records; expungement of records, misdemeanor convictions. (HB294)

Introduced By

Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Expungement of police and court records; misdemeanor convictions. Allows a person convicted of a misdemeanor to file a petition requesting expungement of the police and court records relating to the conviction if (i) such person has been free from any term of incarceration, probation, and postrelease supervision imposed as a result of such conviction for at least two years and (ii) such person has no pending criminal proceeding. The bill also requires the court to grant such petition for expungement of police and court records if such petition is for a misdemeanor arrest, charge, or conviction. Currently, except in certain cases, the person is not entitled to an order of expungement, and the court hearing the petition must find that the continued existence and possible dissemination of such records causes or may cause circumstances that constitute a manifest injustice to such person before such an order will be entered. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/30/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102009D
12/30/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB294)
01/31/2020Continued to 2021 in Courts of Justice