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Can You Expunge Traffic Offenses and Violations in California?
April 1, 2020

Many people wonder if they can get a traffic offense or violation removed from their records. Having a DUI or driving without a license conviction show up on your record can have negative consequences. It can inhibit your job or housing opportunities by having that unfortunate mark of a criminal record. Generally, traffic violations fall into three categories: infractions, misdemeanors, … Read More>

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New California Law to Expand Criminal Record Expungement
December 27, 2019

A new bill signed by California Governor Newsom in October 2019 will assist in the automatic expungement of criminal records. Assembly Bill 1076 expands the current expungement law for those who successfully finish probation after serving time in county jail. Currently, a California “expungement” only turns a conviction into a dismissed case disposition. The record is not actually destroyed or … Read More>

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Becoming a Teacher with a California Criminal Record
December 2, 2019

Education is a key component of prison reform. A number of states, such as California, offer a means for incarcerated people to educate themselves. Some have been able to obtain a GED for those who have not graduated high school. Reading in prison is highly encouraged by faculty. Inside the system, books are made available, and outside the system, volunteer … Read More>

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Is California’s Ban the Box Law a Good Solution?
November 18, 2019

California’s Assembly Bill (AB) 1008 now makes it an unlawful practice for an employer to ask about an applicant’s criminal history before a conditional offer has been made. Similar s have been labeled throughout the country as "ban-the-box" laws. In other words, applicants no longer have to face that small check box which many worry about.Effects of the BillThis … Read More>

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New California Expungement and Record Sealing Law to Help Thousands
January 4, 2019

With the recent passage of Assembly Bill No. 1115, California has expanded eligibility to people looking to seal an arrest record or expunge a conviction.  Over the last few years, many states have been expanding their expungement and record sealing laws, but they typically don’t make changes as big as the law which took effect January 1, 2018.       … Read More>

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California Struggles with Gun Control Laws
September 1, 2017

California Gun Laws 2017 California continues to face legal challenges to new gun control measures. In 2000, the state banned the sale of firearm magazines that can hold more than ten rounds. Until recently, residents who already possessed such large-capacity magazines could keep them. However, California passed Proposition 63 in November, which requires background checks to purchase ammunition, bans possession of … Read More>

Why Employers in California Need to Reevaluate Their Criminal Background Check Policies ASAP
May 24, 2017

Changes are coming to California in the area of employer background checks. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing has put new regulations in place regarding employers' ability to evaluate applicants through a criminal background. These regulations are meant to help limit potential 'adverse impact' on protected groups by businesses' broad use of making employment decisions based on a criminal background.The regulations … Read More>

What is the California Proposition 64 Initiative?
November 3, 2016

Since it has passed, Proposition 64 has made marijuana legalization in California legal. The initiative on the November 8 ballot asked residents to decide how much cannabis Californians should be allowed to carry, whether they should be able to grow it in their homes and what, if any, penalties consumers should face going forward. Prop. 64 also ends most marijuana arrests and … Read More>

California Passes New Gun Control Laws
July 10, 2016

In response to recent high-profile gun violence incidents, Governor Jerry Brown has signed six of the eleven gun control bills that landed on his desk at the beginning of July. As a result, ammunition will be more difficult to buy in California. Additionally, magazine clips that hold more than 10 rounds will be illegal to own. With these new laws, … Read More>

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A cost benefit analysis of criminal record expungement in Santa Clara County, CA
March 16, 2016

Applying for an expungement is a legal right offered in many states within the U.S. Criminal record expungement refers to the legal process of erasing one’s previous offenses from the public record following the final disposition of the case. Unfortunately, many of those eligible for expungement remain unaware of the legal process, and thus do not take full advantage of the law.  The following post … Read More>