Albuquerque, NM: Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation into law allowing for those with a variety of past criminal convictions to petition to have their records expunged.
House Bill 370, The Criminal Record Expungement Act, permits those convicted of certain violations, misdemeanors, or felonies -- following the completion of their sentence and payment of applicable fines -- to petition the court for an order to expunge arrest records and public records related to that conviction. Those seeking to vacate misdemeanor convictions must wait two years following the completion of their sentence, and have no subsequent convictions, prior to seeking expungement. Those with felony convictions must wait six-years prior to petitioning the court.
After a hearing on the petition, the court shall issue a ruling within 30 days.
The new law takes effect on January 1, 2020.
For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500 or visit NORML's Legislative Action Center.