Joseph Passanise and Scott Pierson Speak on New Expungement Law

SPRINGFIELD, MO: In December, Attorneys Joseph S. Passanise and Scott Pierson spoke at The Missouri Bar’s DWI and Traffic Law Update: What Practitioners Need to Know to Protect Their Clients. Their presentation entitled, “SINS OF THE PAST CAN BE CLEANSED: 2018 Is a New Year for One’s Criminal Record, covered change in legislation that went into effect on January 1, 2018. Missouri Legislature signed new criminal record expungement rules into law. These rules allow for the expungement of most misdemeanors and many felonies, including drug offenses. “Missourians who have paid their debt to society and become law-abiding citizens deserve a chance to get a job and support their families,” Former Governor Jay Nixon said.

Expungement is the process of sealing a criminal record. In other words, it is the process of preventing a criminal record from being viewed by the general public. Under the new law, only rare circumstances would an individual be required to disclose an expunged criminal record.

In the past, only very few crimes were eligible for expungement. The law covers a variety of state crimes, including non-sexual and non-violent crimes—including marijuana-related offenses. It has reduced the wait time that a person has to wait before applying for expungement. For example, the wait time before expunging a felony has been reduced from 20 years to 7 after the person has completed their sentence. The time period for misdemeanors has been reduced from 10 years to only 3.

Past criminal records often can exclude someone from being eligible for employment, loans, and many government provided benefits. While the expungement process does not work as a pardon, it does begin to return the individual back to the position they were in before they were arrested for their criminal offense. Please call our office at (417) 882-9300 with any questions about expungement.

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Scott Pierson & Joe Passanise
The Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise is a widely respected criminal defense practice which has represented adults and juveniles throughout the states of Missouri and Arkansas as well as surrounding states. We can help you make sense of all criminal charges that may come against you: from misdemeanor DWI to murder and other serious felonies. Our firm has specific expertise handling federal charges, serious gun and drug charges, murder, fraud, white collar crimes and sex crimes. We also have extensive experience in more common offenses such as, DUI/DWI, drug possession, domestic violence and theft offenses. visit our case archives to find out more about our past trials. Our office is located at 2974 East Battlefield in Springfield, Missouri and we can be reached at (417) 882-9300.

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