PHILADELPHIA and WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — MNB Meridian Law, Ltd. is proud to announce after years of proactive effort urging Congressional review of the process to expunge criminal titling information, the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act directed the Department of Defense adopt a reasonable standard to expunge titling information from permanent military records.
Since 2001 and based only on “credible information,” a standard less than probable cause, DoD criminal investigative agencies permanently maintained a record of Service members and Veterans suspected and titled with committing a crime. In a majority of cases, the investigations led nowhere; no charges were filed or adverse action taken. Lives were left in limbo, however, because DoD then reported this “credible information” to the Department of Justice, who included this suspected activity on Service members and Veterans’ “arrest records” for life. Therefore, many thousands have been improperly denied employment opportunities, security clearances, permits, and licenses.