When a record is restricted, the offenses are not visible to the public. Judges, attorneys and criminal justice agencies are able to view the offenses with a court order.
Offenders would be able to petition for their misdemeanor to be restricted as long as they haven’t committed another offense within four years, and the misdemeanor wasn’t violent or sexual.
Similar laws exist in other states.
“Forty-one states provide their citizens the opportunity for a second chance,” Gaines said.