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California
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>

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>

AR-15 Gun
What are Red Flag Gun Laws?
August 19, 2019

In the wake of recent mass shootings, lawmakers are considering a push for “red flag” gun control measures. Many Americans are wondering what this means for their Second Amendment rights. Essentially, these are laws that are aimed at removing firearm rights for potentially dangerous individuals. How is this accomplished? Red flag laws would allow state courts to sign a special … Read More>

Marijuana
Illinois to Expunge Thousands of Marijuana Convictions
August 1, 2019

The Governor of Illinois has just signed HB 1438 into law, making cannabis legal in the state for those 21 and older. This makes Illinois the 11th state in the country to legalize the recreational use and purchase of marijuana. Furthermore, the law includes vast criminal justice reform provisions to help those with marijuana-related criminal records. Specifically, it will expunge … Read More>

Washington State Seal
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>

Upset Man
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>

Frustration
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>

Tax Refund
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>

California State Flag
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>