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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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Utah Passes Clean Slate Criminal Record Expungement
March 27, 2020

What is 'Clean Slate' Expungement?Lawmakers in State of Utah passed what’s known as a series of “clean slate” expungement laws, helping people remove criminal records from their past. Utah’s measures have followed the footsteps of similar laws recently enacted in states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Clean slate expungements generally refer to widespread opportunities to remove criminal records. … Read More>

What to Do If You’re Laid off and Have a Criminal Record?
March 18, 2020

Effects of Coronavirus: Prepare for a Job Application The entire nation is currently dealing with the threat of the Coronavirus disease. The global pandemic has quickly created a serious economic impact for the U.S. Many questions are running through American workers’ heads. One of those being, will I still have a job in the near future? Or, what happens if I … 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>

Housing for Felons in Utah
September 25, 2019

Serving out one’s term of conviction does not mean that one will be embraced with open arms by society. In fact, the completion of a sentence, while closing one door, opens another, behind which lies an entirely new set of challenges. Among a host of problems incurred by any civilian,the acquisition and maintenance of housing is by far one of … Read More>

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Washington State’s New Law to Vacate Criminal Convictions
July 10, 2019

New this month, changes will take effect modifying Washington state’s process for vacating conviction records. Effective June-July 2019, more people with felony and misdemeanor convictions will be eligible for relief. Although Washington typically doesn’t allow people to completely expunge or destroy criminal records, they do allow criminal convictions to be “vacated.” A vacatur releases the person from all penalties and … Read More>

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How Does a Felony Affect Your Life?
June 18, 2019

As background checks become more commonplace, it is increasingly more difficult to avoid the negative repercussions of a criminal record. As a result, those that have a record are finding it harder to move on with their life. Here are some common issues that felons face as a result of a criminal record: Employment Hiring felons can be a tricky subject for … Read More>

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How Long Does a Criminal Record Last?
June 4, 2019

What is the Length of a Criminal Record? The short and simple answer to this question: forever. Much of your criminal record is available to anyone until a court orders them removed from public access. This means that anyone with a few dollars and internet access can see that mistake you made in the past. This can prove to be a … Read More>

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Use Your Tax Refund Check to Invest in Yourself
March 25, 2019

Tax Refunds and the ShutdownLike many of Americans, you may be anxiously awaiting a tax refund check coming to you soon. Just weeks ago, many were concerned as to whether the Trump Administration shutdown would delay the issuance of refund checks. The previous federal government shutdown was the longest in United States history, having surpassed 30 days. Many federal agency … Read More>

President Trump and Gun Rights Restoration
February 22, 2019

If you are a convicted felon and you once had the right to legally own a firearm, you may have been unpleasantly surprised to find out that you can no longer legally possess a gun with a felony criminal record.  A felony conviction typically comes with a potential prison sentence of up to one year. Federal law further prohibits those who were convicted of a misdemeanor crime … Read More>