The legal process to get expungement for someone who committed a crime can take years, depending on how much money they owe.
Some cases, however, can be resolved within a matter of months, according to a new article published by the American Bar Association.
“It is the goal of the American bar to ensure that justice is served in all cases, regardless of the circumstances of the case,” said the article, written by American Bar Assn.
and The Washington Legal Foundation.
“The American Bar’s role is to promote justice and provide an avenue for the victims to have their voices heard in the legal process.”
The article was released this week to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v.
Board of Education, which upheld the right of African-American students to attend public schools.
That decision established the right to a free and public education in the U.S.A.A.’s statement said the organization will continue to work on expunging expulsions and “to strengthen our laws and practices to ensure a fair and equitable system of justice.”
“It’s important to recognize that the process of expungings is a lengthy one and we cannot afford to be complacent,” the American Academy of Family Physicians’ statement said.
“Expulsions are not an easy process and we encourage people to be patient, mindful of their rights and to seek assistance if they need it.”AAP