If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor crime in Maryland or have
one on your record, your luck may be changing. Your attorney may now be
able to help you remove the crime from your record, so you can face your
future with a clean slate. Whether you’ve been convicted of underage
drinking, being in possession of alcohol or using drugs, you’re
in a position where you may be able to get a second chance in the eyes
of the law.
On Oct. 1, Maryland’s laws changed to make way for underage and adult
people who have been convicted of crimes to start fresh. When you’re
accused of misdemeanor crimes, your criminal record is affected, and that
can make getting a job or home difficult when you’re older. Now,
it may be much easier.
According to a statement about the new laws, people with nonviolent misdemeanor
convictions may be able to have them removed from their public record.
It’s been found unfair that you wouldn’t have been able to
have these crimes — many of which were committed at a young or impressionable
age — removed from your record or sealed away from the public.
Criminal records and black marks on those records can make it hard to find
good housing or to get a job. The change means that many people who have
minor convictions still struggle to live normally in society, even though
they’ve paid their dues. Now, those convictions can either be shielded
from the public or expunged from the person’s record completely.
Our website has more information on this change and how it can help you