Senate approves bill to clear some juvenile crimes from criminal records

The House will soon vote on a bill by Sen. Ryan T. McDougle that would allow crimes such as underage drinking and marijuana possession to be cleared from a criminal record in five years if the offense occurred before a person’s 21st birthday. The bill, SB976, unanimously passed the Senate Jan. 19 and must also pass the House before it has a chance to become law. This is the second time that McDougle, R-Mechanicsville, proposed a bill to offer what is called expungement in legal terms.