Understanding the Benefits of Senate Bill 1037

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A criminal record can have a detrimental impact on your future. Sadly, many people are burdened by the mistakes of their youth and are forced to live with the consequences well into adulthood. A criminal record can impact a person’s ability to get a job, pursue an education, request a loan, and even purchase property.

But should the quality of someone’s life be tarnished by youthful missteps like underage alcohol possession?

New Expungement Opportunities

Fortunately, Lynchburg delegate Mark Peake has filed Senate Bill 1037 in preparation of the 2019 legislative session.

If Senate Bill 1037 is ratified, Virginia residents will be able to pursue expungements for:

  • Underage alcohol possession
  • Using a false ID to obtain alcohol

When you file a petition for expungement, you’re essentially asking the court to “erase” specific arrests, charges, or convictions that define your criminal record. Legally, it’s as if the offense was never committed. Your prior criminal history won’t even show up on any background checks unless you’re applying for certain caregiving roles or a government position. This can be a complicated legal procedure, so it’s important to retain the services of an aggressive and experienced attorney.

Interested parties will only be able to file petitions under the following conditions:

  • The offense occurred prior to the petitioner’s 21st birthday
  • The petitioner is at least 21 years old
  • The petitioner has no other alcohol-related convictions
  • All court costs, fines, and restitution have been paid

Learn More by Scheduling a Consultation

At The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, we don’t believe that the circumstances of your past should define the course of your future. If you’re interested in petitioning for an expungement, contact our attorney to schedule a free consultation. We can review your case and determine if you qualify to have your record expunged.

We also provide legal services for youths facing charges relating to underage possession of alcohol. If your child requires legal representation, we can investigate their case and develop a results-driven strategy that is tailored to their unique circumstances. Our legal team can work relentlessly to protect your child’s freedom and future. 

We have offices located in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, and more! Contact The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller at (757) 267-4949 to schedule a free consultation.

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