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S.B. 182





Chief Sponsor: Howard A. Stephenson

House Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill provides a special procedure for expunging drug-related offenses.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    provides that a petitioner with two or more controlled substance related offenses
             13      may petition for an expungement;
             14          .    requires the petitioner to apply for and receive a certificate of eligibility;
             15          .    requires that the prosecutor, upon receiving a petition for expungement, provide a
             16      copy of the petitioner's presentence report and other documentation considered of
             17      interest to the court; and
             18          .    allows the court, after a hearing, to expunge any or all offenses on the petitioner's
             19      record.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      ENACTS:
             26          77-40-114, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 77-40-114 is enacted to read:
             30          77-40-114. Provisions regarding drug offenses.
             31          (1) This section governs the process for petitioners with two or more controlled
             32      substance offenses, but none of the offenses listed in Subsection 77-40-105 (2), in their criminal
             33      history.
             34          (2) A petitioner may apply for and receive a certificate of eligibility from the bureau if:
             35          (a) the petitioner's criminal history contains two or more violations of Title 58, Chapter
             36      37, Utah Controlled Substances Act;
             37          (b) the petitioner's record does not contain any of the offenses listed in Subsection
             38      77-40-105 (2);
             39          (c) the petitioner has completed all rehabilitation and paid all restitution ordered by the
             40      court;
             41          (d) at least five years have elapsed since the petitioner was convicted or released from
             42      incarceration, parole, or probation, whichever occurred last; and
             43          (e) the petitioner pays all fees associated with applying for and receiving a certificate of
             44      eligibility.
             45          (3) The petitioner shall file a petition for expungement and the certificate of eligibility
             46      in the district court where the petitioner resides.
             47          (4) The petitioner shall deliver a copy of the petition to the prosecutor's office that
             48      prosecuted the last offense in the petitioner's criminal history.
             49          (5) The prosecutor's office:
             50          (a) shall provide to the court the presentence report and any other documentation the
             51      office determines necessary; and
             52          (b) may file an objection or recommendation regarding the expungement.
             53          (6) The court shall:
             54          (a) review the petition, certificate of eligibility, petitioner's criminal history,
             55      presentence report, and any other documents received pertaining to the petition for
             56      expungement; and
             57          (b) hold a hearing in which it may receive testimony from:
             58          (i) the petitioner;

             59          (ii) the prosecutor; and
             60          (iii) any other person who has relevant information about the petitioner.
             61          (7) The court may issue an order expunging any or all of the offenses on the petitioner's
             62      criminal history if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that:
             63          (a) some or all of the offenses on the petitioner's criminal history were the direct result
             64      of an addiction to a controlled substance;
             65          (b) the petitioner has completed all rehabilitation required by the court and is no longer
             66      addicted to controlled substances;
             67          (c) the petitioner has demonstrated the ability to obtain and maintain employment; and
             68          (d) the petitioner has become a contributing member of society.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-7-12 12:45 PM

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