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On March 16th, 2013, the New Mexico House passed a bill that will allow for an individual to petition to expunge convictions for certain crimes. New Mexico law currently only allowesfor individuals to petition for post-conviction relief when new evidence surfaced to support a new trial, or when information was improperly obtained and used in the original trial that lead to conviction.

If signed into law, Senate Bill 294 will allow some criminal records to be expunged after a hearing date with a district judge. However, there are limitations under the Bill. For instance, there would be a five-year waiting period for a misdemeanor and a ten-year waiting period for misdemeanors of domestic violence or abuse. The new expungement Bill would not apply to convictions involving sex offenses, crimes against minors, or driving under the influence.

The Bill was previously passed by the Senate on February 20, 2013, with a 41-0 vote and was sponsored by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez.  The Bill has not yet been signed into law.



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  1. RJ says:

    When will we see something like this for Federal Calss D and misdemeanors ? I know there is a bill in congress , however without enough sponsors it will never move. We need to make an effort to get this bill pushed thru.

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