Monday night the law library partnered with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) and the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library to provide assistance with expungement of criminal records. Matthew Stubenberg, IT director for MVLS, brought in two volunteer attorneys, Jennifer L. Wazenski and David Mitchell, who were able to help 4 people to determine if their charges could be removed from their record and prepare the paperwork if they were. (A fifth person had a question about a Virginia criminal charge. We were able to direct her to information for Virginia at VALegalAid.org.)
Matthew Stubenberg, provided a training review in the use of the expungement app, MDexpungement.com, that he developed. This app makes filling out the forms so much easier than filling them out by hand or typing in the required information, especially when there is more than one charge. With the app the case number is entered and the program will report if the charge is expungeable. If it is, the information will have been pulled from Maryland Case Search for review and edit. It will then generate the form for filing.
This a valuable program as criminal record can be a barrier to employment and housing. Having charges removed from a criminal record and case search can make a big difference in someone’s life.
For more information on expungement in Maryland please visit the law library’s wiki page @ http://aacpll.pbworks.com/w/page/40922164/Expungement where you can also find links to other expungement clinics sponsored by MVLS and Legal Aid.