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Missouri's new expungement law - who is eligible?

On July 12, 2012, Missouri signed into law a new route to expunging a criminal conviction. Under this new law, if you were convicted of the following misdemeanor crimes for which all incarceration or probation was completed more than ten years ago:

  1. Passing a bad check;
  2. Fraudulently stopping payment on a check;
  3. Fraudulent use of a credit or debit card;
  4. Negligent burning;
  5. Tampering with a vehicle;
  6. Damaging property;
  7. Tresspassing;
  8. Gambling;
  9. Peace disturbance; and/or
  10. Drunkenness in public places.

Also, if if you were convicted of the following felony crimes for which all incarceration or probation was completed more than twenty years ago:

  1. Passing a bad check;
  2. Fraudulently stopping payment on a check; and/or
  3. Fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.

As long as you have not been found guilty of any other misdemeanor or felony during that ten or twenty year period, you may be eligible to have that conviction expunged from your record. This law will go into effect August 28, 2012.

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