A new state law will help some Iowans wipe a “youthful indiscretion” from their criminal record. The governor has signed a bill into law that would let some people convicted of possessing, buying or trying to buy booze when they were under the age of 21 get that conviction erased from their criminal record.
It wouldn’t be available to everybody, however. The person trying to get that crime “expunged” from their record would have to essentially accumulate two years of “good behavior.” They cannot have been convicted of another serious crime if they want to get that alcohol-related conviction erased from their record.
Backers of the bill say having an alcohol conviction on your record can prevent some young adults from being accepted to graduate school, or even from being employed in certain careers.