Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) March 31, 2010
RecordGone.com, a DBA of Higbee and Associates, today praised the passage of Utah House Bill 21, known as the Utah Expungement Act. The new law, which was signed by Governor Gary Herbert on March 29, gives Utah one of the fairest and forward thinking expungement laws in the country.
“The new Utah Expungement Act made many positive improvements over the previous law, including some important things most states fail to do,” said attorney Mathew K. Higbee, president of a national law firm that specializes in expungement. “The new law allows the waiting period to start tolling before all fines have been paid, but requires fines to be paid before expungement is granted. This small, but very smart change will make a big difference for people with low incomes who may take longer to pay their fines. It will allow them to clear their record and start becoming more productive sooner.”
“The law also allows judges to treat multiple offenses as one criminal episode for purposes of determining eligibility for expungement. For instance, this change will allow a judge to grant relief to someone who, while under the instance of drugs, committed multiple offenses over a few days or in difference counties. The previous law would have required a judge to treat each occurrence as separate, which resulted in many rehabilitated people being denied expungement.”
Higbee added, “The Utah Expungement Act provides a clear path for individuals to eliminate their former convictions. Once expunged, people have a fresh start to further their education, gain employment and contribute to society.”
RecordGone.com is a national law firm with offices in 10 states, including Utah. Anyone can receive a free consultation from an attorney and see if they are eligible for expungement under the new law by visiting http://www.recordgone.com or calling 877-573-7273.
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Mathew K. Higbee, Esq.