Photo

Photo detail

Sen. Scott Surovell: "You have to go in front of a judge and a commonwealth's attorney and you have to show you've led a good life and you've changed.”

Stories this photo appears in:

Tease photo

Starting from a Clean Slate

Compromise on expungement: automatic for some misdemeanors, petition for some felonies.

Marijuana convictions will be automatically expunged under a bill now under consideration by Gov. Ralph Northam, although convictions for crack cocaine will require missing a day of work and probably hiring a lawyer to go to court and seal the record. The legislation is a compromise crafted late in the General Assembly session by House Majority Leader Charniele Herring of Alexandria and state Sen. Scott Surovell (D-36), who clashed repeatedly over the last year about how the process should work.

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.