Utah’s new expungement law (available here: UCA § 77-40) has significantly altered one’s ability to have a prior arrest expunged. Utah defense attorney’s are just beginning to see the implications going forward. Glen Neeley, a Utah defense attorney specializing in DUI cases discusses the new law (available here):
The eligibility requirements have changed to the detriment of many.
Under certain circumstances, if you have been investigated for a criminal act; been arrested or detained for a criminal offense; or if you have been convicted of a criminal offense arrest, you may petition the court to have all records associated with the incident sealed to restrict access to the records.
The ability to seal records of past mistakes can have tremendous implications for anyone actively moving forward with their life. An ability that is decisively more difficult under Utah’s new law.