Expanded Expungements

September 4th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized

As of July 5 2018, expungement eligibility has been expanded in the state of South Carolina thanks to the hard work and votes in the State House and the Senate.

The H. 3209 bill expands eligibility for expungements to include first offense drug convictions, including possession with the intent to distribute. The bill also provides increased opportunities for those charged as juveniles, and youthful offenders, to have additional charges expunged from their records.

What does this mean for you if you have been convicted?

The expansion of expungements opens up opportunities for those who have prior convictions, making it easier to obtain jobs, housing, and additional opportunities despite previous records.

According to a Post and Courier article written on April 3:

About 65 million Americans have arrest or conviction records that show up in routine background checks. And some companies refuse to even consider candidates with criminal records, even though federal employment law forbids blanket bans on hiring people with criminal records.

The expungement process is long and difficult. If you need the advice of an expert attorney to ensure that your record will be erased, please do not hesitate to call the Peper Law Firm at 843-225-2520.

 

For the full Bill see:

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3209.htm

 

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