A very recent and important announcement regarding those that stand convicted
of possessing less than ½ oz of marijuana, these convictions can now be
, literally erased as if they’ve never happened. One might think
this type of almost inconsequential conduct, that many people might have
engaged in their younger years, would carry little to no consequence.
I can tell you a number of my clients over the years, from a simple possession
charge of marijuana, have had difficulty getting jobs for literally years.
Indeed, I have spoken to many Human Resources professionals at larger
companies who simply say when given the choice between a candidate with
a simple marijuana conviction from as long as ten (10) years ago, they
would choose the person with the clean record, no matter how persuasive
or otherwise impressive they might be.Regardless of how you may feel about
the recreational use of marijuana, most would tend to agree that an infraction
such as this should not so adversely affect an individual so as to stop
them from advancing in their careers for years and years. If you don’t
believe it, lets think about the stigma this innocuous conduct can bring.
Many of you will remember our President, Bill Clinton, claiming he “didn’t
inhale” when pressed about his recreational marijuana use in the
process of running for President. It simply seems counter-intuitive that
the law would intend such a result. Accordingly, Connecticut’s Supreme
Court, has just decided, albeit some time after Connecticut’s decriminalization
(not legalization) of the simple possession of less than a half ounce
of marijuana, that an individual can now apply and have granted dismissal
of the underlying conviction and actual erasure of the charges, having
the police reports and fingerprint cards destroyed.
For your reference, and further perusal, the name of the case is
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
v. NICHOLAS M. MENDITTO (SC 19272).
My office has pursued numerous petitions for erasure and dismissal. Like
a conviction of a crime can be binding and condemning with far reaching
results, erasure can be just as liberating. The process does take time
but the outcome can be extremely positive. I encourage you to contact
my office and get started today.