San Jose, CA asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas

Q: Is the legal effect of old criminal expungement law still valid from 2007, although it was completely replaced in 2014?

I have a class D felony expunged in Arkansas. The conviction is from 1996 and the order to seal was issued in 2007. At that time in 2007 all civil rights including the right to possess firearms, were part of the expungement effect. However as of 2014 the law was repealed and under the new law, firearms restoration specifically excluded by wording in the law (not part of the expungement law in effect in 2007), I see that it states the effective date for the 2013 law was January 1st, 2014. My questions is, does this change the effect of my 2007 expungement as it relates to firearms rights restoration? Does this mean that although my expungement in 2007 allowed me to get hunting license, as of 2014 I have been breaking the law if I had hunting licenses? I was not aware the law had even changed until yesterday while researching something for a work from home job. Any answers will be appreciated and helpful. Thanks!

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W. Whitfield Hyman
W. Whitfield Hyman
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: The new law won't impact your old expungement. You should check with ACIC (Arkansas Criminal Information Center) to see if you have your firearm rights.

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