Expungement Legislation Passed in Maryland

New legislation in Maryland will help people expunge certain offenses from their public record. People will be able to expunge minor non-violent offenses, certain misdemeanors such as disorderly conduct and trespassing, and offenses that were decriminalized after they were convicted. Assembly members made the legislation to compensate for the high number of arrests that occurred in the 1990s and 2000s and the disproportionate number of minorities that were affected. Legislators are also concerned with the public viewing someone’s record and not knowing the difference between being charged with a crime and having the case dismissed. Last year in Maryland alone, there was over 73,000 criminal cases that were let go by district courts, leaving a blemish on records that can be seen by the public.
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