Our law firm represents clients seeking Expungement of Alabama Pretrial Intervention cases. Attorney, Jordan M. Copeland represents clients in petitions for expungement in Alabama that have previously had a criminal case dismissed after successfully completing a pretrial intervention (PTI) program anywhere in Alabama. Currently, in 2020 most courts in Alabama have a version of a pretrial intervention program where certain criminal charges and defendants may qualify to enter the court ordered program and upon successful completion, the charge can be dismissed by the court. Other versions of similar programs in Alabama courts may include: drug court programs, mental health court programs, diversion program, veteran’s court, or any court-approved deferred prosecution program.
YOU NEED AN EXPUNGEMENT IN ALABAMA AFTER YOU COMPLETE A PRETRIAL INTERVENTION OR DRUG COURT PROGRAM TO HAVE A CLEAR CRIMINAL RECORD.
An expungement of Alabama Pretrial Intervention cases after a successful completion and dismissal in order to clear your criminal background report. Many people are unaware that if a person is accepted into a pretrial intervention program with a court in Alabama and the case is dismissed after the successful competition, the record of the arrest will continue to remain the person’s criminal background report with ALEA and the FBI unless the person’s records of the arrest are expunged by the proper court in Alabama.
A CLEAR BACKGROUND REPORT REQUIRES AN EXPUNGEMENT IN ALABAMA AFTER THE COMPLETION OF A PRETRIAL INTERVENTION OR DRUG COURT PROGRAM
A common example our law firm deals with is the following: a potential client was previously charged with a drug possession crime or a DUI, the potential client agreed to a pretrial intervention and successfully completed a court referral office (CRO) program in drug court. Then the case was dismissed. The potential client thought that since the case was dismissed it would not be on his/her record when an employer pulled their criminal background report. However, the potential client applies for a new job, license, or certification in a career field only to find out that the record of the arrest is still reported. An expungement of Alabama Pretrial Intervention cases is necessary.
WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF AN EXPUNGEMENT OF A CRIMINAL CHARGE IN ALABAMA?
This is the purpose of Alabama’s current expungement law – to wipe clean (expunge) the records of the arrest to the extent of Alabama’s expungement law. The records that are expunged also include mugshot photos, fingerprints, jail records, etc. under the Alabama expungement law.
HOW LONG MUST YOU WAIT TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PETITION FOR AN EXPUNGEMENT IN ALABAMA OF A PRETRIAL INTERVENTION OR DRUG COURT CHARGE THAT WAS DISMISSED?
The time period you must wait to be eligible to petition for an expungement in Alabama depends on the type of charge and the case disposition. For example, under Alabama’s current expungement law as of October of 2020, if you are charged with a non-violent felony that is dismissed by the court after the successful completion of a drug court program, mental health court program, diversion program, veteran’s court, or any court-approved deferred prosecution program, you must wait at least one (1) year after the successful completion of the program for the case to be eligible to file a petition for expungement. An exception to this one (1) year wait period is if your non-violent felony case is “dismissed with prejudice” in Alabama – then your case is immediately eligible to petition for an expungement without any waiting period.
Generally, to have your non-violent felony case “dismissed with prejudice” in Alabama your lawyer should file a motion with the court near or at the conclusion of your pretrial intervention program and specifically request that your case be “dismissed with prejudice” or the court will likely only dismiss or nolle pross the case. Whether a non-violent felony charge in Alabama is “dismissed with prejudice” is at the discretion of the court. It usually helps if the prosecutor does not oppose your case being “dismissed with prejudice”. Attorney, Jordan M. Copeland frequently represents clients at the conclusion of a court ordered, pretrial intervention program in the process of specifically motioning the court to dismiss a case with prejudice in an effort to eliminate any wait time for then petitioning to expunge the records of the arrest.
IF YOUR PRIOR CHARGE WAS IN AN ALABAMA COURT AND IS ELIGIBLE FOR EXPUNGEMENT, WE CAN REPRESENT YOU NO MATTER THE STATE YOU CURRENTLY RESIDE.
No matter in what state you currently reside, if you were previously charged with an eligible crime in Alabama that was dismissed and want to have the arrest records expunged, you must apply for an expungement in Alabama with the proper court. Our law firm represents clients from across the U.S.A. in petitions for expungement of prior eligible arrests in Alabama. During our representation, we can prepare and process your expungement without an office visit or without any court appearance in the vast majority of cases.
Attorney, Jordan M. Copeland is the lead attorney for our law firm’s Expungement & Pardon division. We prepare customized Petitions for Expungement for each client to maximize the positive factors the Judge may consider and provide the specific grounds and reasons for the client petitioning for an expungement. No lawyer can make a guarantee regarding results under the rules that govern ethical conduct for attorneys licensed in Alabama. In our experience, we approach our petition for expungements in Alabama differently than most other law firms. We believe the customized information we build into each client’s petition for expungement provides maximum opportunity for a successful outcome for our clients.
CONTACT ALABAMA EXPUNGEMENT LAWYER, JORDAN M. COPELAND
If you previously had a non-violent felony or any misdemeanor dismissed after the successful completion of any pretrial intervention or other court ordered program in an Alabama court, and are interested in seeking legal representation to petition for an expungement of your arrest records, feel free to contact our law firm by phone at: (205) 924-3839 or (256) 378-6087 or via email at: Jordan@ExpungementAlabamaLawyer.com