Alabama Victims of Human Trafficking Seeking Expungements
As of 2019, there is one category of people that may be eligible for an expungement of certain convictions under Alabama law – Victims of Human Trafficking. Following a 2018 amendment to the Alabama Expungement Law, now if a person proves to the court by a preponderance of the evidence that he or she was a victim of human trafficking and committed certain felony offenses during the period the person was being trafficked, and but for being trafficked the person would not have committed the felony – that person can be eligible to petition for an expungement of three specific “violent felony” criminal convictions:
- Promoting Prostitution, 1st degree (Section 13A-12-111).
- Domestic Violence, 3rd degree (subsection (d) of Section 13A-6-132.
- (3) Production of obscene matter involving a person under the age of 17 years pursuant to Section 13A-12-197.
If you were previously a victim of human trafficking and were convicted of one of the above felony charges in Alabama and the incident occurred while you were being trafficked, you may now be eligible under Alabama law to seek an expungement of that felony conviction. Contact our Alabama Exungement law office to determine whether you may be eligible to retain us to represent you in petitioning to expunge a prior felony charge that occurred when you were a victim of human trafficking.
This human trafficking category of petitioners is the only people under the current (2019) Alabama expungement law that are eligible to petition the proper court for an expungement of a conviction in Alabama. All other eligible expungements are currently only allowed for certain non-conviction arrest records in Alabama.
Unfortunately, many people are unaware that even when a criminal case is dismissed or a person is found not guilty at trial in an Alabama court, the record of the fact that the person was arrested and the crime charged still remains on their criminal background report with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and the FBI unless it is expunged by the proper court. Generally, these third-party or private-party background check companies that many employers use to pull background checks on prospective employees get their records of arrests and convictions from the state agency (ALEA in Alabama) and/or the FBI.
If you were a victim of human trafficking and were convicted of one of the above-listed felonies in Alabama during the time you were being trafficked, you may be eligible to retain the Alabama Expungement Lawyer – Jordan M. Copeland to represent you in petitioning the proper court for an expungement of your conviction. Feel free to contact us via email at Jordan@ExpungementAlabamaLawyer.com or call our law office: (256) 378-6087 or (205) 924-3839.