posted on May, 12 2013 @ 05:38 PM
Originally posted by 0zzymand0s
reply to post by runetang
Actual expungement as described is only available in a small handful of states. For most -- felonies may be set-aside, but never expunged, which
means, for all practical purposes -- a felons rights will never be restored, no matter how trivial or non-violent the crime, and no matter how much
time has passed since their conviction without incident or record.
This is by design I think. We talk a lot about second chances in the country, but it is mostly hot air.What we really want is a permanent underclass
of obedient tools.
The boyfriend that I kept mentioning throughout this thread has something to add to this. Now you can hear it in his own words, his own experience :
I am a convicted felon for a drug charge and a DWI. I am from Arkansas, where when you receive a felony for these types of crimes, you are offered a
more extensive version of probation or drug court, where at the completion of either program, your felonies will be expunged. They even allow you to
do prison time at a facility for addicts (usually 9 months). Now the problem I face is that my felonies were received in the great state of West
Virginia, which gives you felonies and absolutely no program to help you get rid of them or, in my case, a plea agreement which states if I EVER try
to get it expunged, they will re-introduce my charges and fines and send me to prison, even after the completion of my probation. Also, my girlfriend,
who also received they same initial charge, was plead down to a misdemeanor, but they put a stipulation in her plea agreement that under no
circumstances will she be able to discharge this from her record.
What I'm getting at here is that very few states, or even circuit courts do these kinds of things to "help out" non-violent offenders anymore. My
gun and voting rights have been stripped but will most likely be given back to me later on. The irony of that, though, is when I move back to
Arkansas, I will not be allowed to vote or own a gun. My rights that the courts have given back to me are only able to be exercised in their
jurisdiction, i.e., West Virginia.
I guess it all depends where you get caught, if you're a convicted felon. I believe that Federal law needs to be reformed to allow certain people to
regain their rights, but that's just not the case in this day and age.