Missouri Second Chance Expungement Initiative
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The Community Reentry Center for Ex-Offenders is announcing Missouri Second Chance Expungement Initiative. This is a initiative that would allow non-violent convicted felons to petition for the courts to have their records expunged or sealed. For the crimes that has NOT previously been listed under expungement crimes in Missouri Revised 610:0140.1, and the New Law SB-588 that is schedule to take place in 2018. In addition, crimes such as Forgery, any felony or misdemeanor offense of distributing a controlled substance of 35 grams or less of marijuana, Distribution/Manufacture/ with an intent to sale (579.040. 1), Child Support Cases (568.040. 1), Felony Domestic Assault Cases, and possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, (579.015) which is a Class A Misdemeanor should be amended to the new law SB-588.
With Missouri Second Chance Expungement Initiative those ex-offenders that apply for sealing or expungement of their arrest records would also have their voting and gun rights restored. They will NO longer be branded as a criminal or convicted felon. This can open up doors for potential jobs and successful career advancement. We are also asking that those same said crimes be amended, so that the now amount of time to apply for an expungement is changed from 10 years for a misdemeanor and 20 years for a felony. It will be changesd to 5 years after a misdemeanor and 7 years after a felony before you can file for an expungement. And before any of this could happen, those felons would have to have a clean record the entire time prior to the petition; except non-criminal traffic violations.
If a petition is expunged successfully the court will order agencies to destroy everything related to your case. Except for the courts, this will keep it confidential. They will go a step further to ask the FBI to destroy their records.
If a petition is expunged successfully all rights you lost as a result of your conviction will be restored.
In the event that your petition to be expunged is dismissed you will have to wait at least 1 year before refiling.
(As we know everyone has made a mistake in their life, but shouldn’t have to pay for it the rest of their life. Good people make bad choices, which don’t make them a bad person. All that means is that they are human, just like the rest of us.)
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