Utah Governor Signs Law Automating Expungement Procedures for Low-Level Crimes

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Republican Governor Gary Herbert of New Mexico has signed legislation into law amending the state’s expungement laws.

House Bill 431, The ‘Clean Slate’ Act, creates a process for the automatic expungement and deletion of certain criminal convictions, including misdemeanor convictions for the possession of a controlled substance.

To be eligible for automatic expungement, one must have completed their sentence and possess no subsequent convictions for a period of five years.

According to reporting by the Salt Lake City Tribune, Utah will become only the second state in the nation to enact such a broad automatic expungement policy.

The new law takes effect on May 1, 2020.

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