over the course of my life i have plead guilty to felony possesion and minor of possesion, no contest to second degree felony assualt on a police officer, guilty of domestic violence, and was charged but found not guilty of minor possesion. I have not been charged with any crimes in about 8 to 10 years. i have been going to college for about three years and plan on going for at least four more. I am an active member of our community church. I endured a lay off, but was able to endure and we have done well. The only problem I am having is either finding a job, or being taken as anything other than a low life criminal while I am at a job.. i fell I am being exploited by the current economic conditions, and my employers. Can I do anything to clear my record? I Know from research that in Alabama a pardon does not clear your arrest record...
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Alabama
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QUESTION: "Can I do anything to clear my record?"
ANSWER: First of all, please allow me to say that I commend you for the honorable manner in which you are living your life. I say that in all sincerity and mean every word of it. Personally, I am beyond frustrated with our criminal justice system. But, what counts is not my opinion but rather the law. Accordingly, please believe me when I say it gives me no pleasure to be the bearer of some news I realize you were not hoping to hear. But, rather than doing you the disservice of misleading you or providing false hope, I will speak plainly. Here is the truth. Alabama law is terribly strict or restrictive in this regard. In fact, I can recall no worse jurisdiction when it comes to post-conviction remedies. Specifically, the remedy of expungement (expunction) is nonexistent. Also, you are indeed correct that a pardon will not obliterate an arrest record, which will continue to show up on a criminal background check. The botXXX XXne is that yours is simply a lousy jurisdiction in terms of one in your shoes. This may sound like an absolute long shot and might not even be applicable, but I will just throw it out as a thought. I have had numerous friends over the years who have rather extensive records and were able to obtain gainful employment by participating in a 12 step recovery group and sharing their need. I am not suggesting going just to try and make contacts, of course, but just in case you happened to attend, I thought it was worth a mention. Otherwise, I am very sorry to say Alabama law is of zero help.
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