New law can seal felons' records
Legislators, DAs are contesting reforms made to drug laws
By Don Lehman
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:15 AM EDT
Local district attorneys and legislators are among a group calling for a change to a recently passed state law that would allow criminals to have up to four drug-related convictions wiped from their criminal records.
The new law is part of the state’s reform of the Rockefeller-era drug statutes. It allows people convicted of 51 separate crimes, ranging from petit larceny to “operating as a major (drug) trafficker,” to petition courts to seal records related to one felony conviction and up to three misdemeanors.
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