In mid-2011, the expungement statute was expanded to render a convicted individual still eligible if convicted of more than one crime, provided the following conditions were satisfied:
- A person who is otherwise eligible to file an application under this section is not rendered ineligible by virtue of being convicted of not more than 2 minor offenses in addition to the offense for which the person files an application.
- A so-called "minor offense" means a misdemeanor or ordinance violation for which the maximum permissible imprisonment does not exceed 90 days, for which the maximum permissible fine does not exceed $1,000.00, and that is committed by a person who is not more than 21 years of age. [These are rare to the extent that many misdemeanors have a maximum 93-day jail sentence.]
The idea behind Oakes' proposed legislation is that many people in our state, that made a mistake earlier in their lives, continue to be significantly burdened in the job market to the extent that employers simply do not hire anyone with a blemish on their record.
A state house fiscal agency that has analyzed this bill finds that up to 30% of adult citizens in the U.S. have some type of criminal record. Among employers, statistics have consistently indicated that 66% have indicated they would not knowingly hire someone with a past criminal conviction.
Along these lines, 60% of all colleges consider the criminal history of their applicants in their admissions decision. Thus, it is crucial from both an education and employment perspective to keep your record clean and clear.