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Expungement law takes effect today

Good news for some people cleared of committing non-violent crimes. A law to expunge certain criminal records takes effect today.
Attorney Billy J. Sheffield represented Bonnie Glover Peterson in her defense case against Houston County Schools.  She was found not guilty, but her arrest record has prevented her from getting employment.
Attorney Billy J. Sheffield represented Bonnie Glover Peterson in her defense case against Houston County Schools. She was found not guilty, but her arrest record has prevented her from getting employment.
Bonnie Glover Peterson and others may soon have their criminal and arrest records cleared under Alabama's expungement law.  Peterson was charged with embezzling funds from Ashford High School's Athletic Club and found not guilty.
Bonnie Glover Peterson and others may soon have their criminal and arrest records cleared under Alabama's expungement law. Peterson was charged with embezzling funds from Ashford High School's Athletic Club and found not guilty.
"When you have something like that on your record, they don't trust that you either haven't done what you are accused of, or that you have really done it and you can do it again in the future.  And they just don't want to trust someone like that,” said Bonnie Glover Peterson.

It’s been a long, hard road for Bonnie Glover Peterson.  In fact it still is.

After her arrest, Bonnie still can't find a job, According to the law, she did nothing wrong.

She was charged with embezzling funds from the Ashford High School Athletic Club.

However, a jury found her not guilty of the crime.

"Two years of my life have just been at a standstill, and now, since this law is in effect, I feel like the possibilities are endless once this is taken away from my record.  So, I'm really excited about the law," Peterson said.

"Regardless of the crime, you should be able to get it expunged,” said Attorney Billy J. Sheffield.

Sheffield represented Peterson during her trial.  He says his firm is already receiving calls from other people hoping to clear their records.  Sheffield says the law is good, but perhaps not perfect.

"When you're asked by your employer if you've ever been arrested, even under this law you'd have to put down that you've been arrested. So that's one concern I have right now, until that gets ironed out. You may have to notify your employer, or you may not. That's kind of a gray area right now.”

He's also concerned FBI fingerprint records could still be accessed.  But, he's confident the new law will open doors for Peterson and others.

Peterson lost her job with Houston County Shools because of her arrest.

She's repeatedly asked to be reinstated but claims her pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Houston County School Superintendent Tim Pitchford was in a meeting today and not immediately available for comment.

To qualify for an expungement, you must file a petition in the circuit court where the charge was filed, and it will cost you $300.00.


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