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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>

New Expungement Opportunities in New Jersey
November 12, 2018

As of October, 2018, the State of New Jersey has put into effect a number of changes to their expungement laws. Signed into law at the end of last year by Governor Chris Christie, the new law allows many more people to request that their record be expunged. Currently, New Jersey courts process about 10,000 expungement applications every year. This … Read More>

Citizenship Passport
Can I Apply for U.S. Citizenship with a Criminal Record?
November 15, 2017

Many U.S. immigrants work towards the goal of earning citizenship status to gain some of the many benefits that Americans enjoy. Unfortunately, applying for United States citizenship can be a very daunting process, especially with a criminal record. Yet, many individuals with criminal records are still able to attain citizenship. Although, it depends on the crime(s) they were convicted of … Read More>

Texas
Texas Wants to Make It Easier to Fire People with Criminal Records
November 8, 2017

As recently reported by The Nation, a major change for workers with a criminal record may be taking place. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits blanket employment discrimination based on criminal records. This was a response to the disproportionate amount of crimes committed by minorities in low income areas. Since then, employers must consider various factors when … Read More>

Chef
Can I Be a Chef with a Criminal Record?
November 2, 2017

Many people around the world share the same creative passion: a love for food. Whether it is at home for your family or in a high-end fancy restaurant, what better way to indulge in your passion for food than to become a chef? If a criminal record is stopping you from becoming a chef, there’s always alternative options. The culinary … Read More>

Restaurant
Ohio Restaurant Owner Hires Former Criminals
October 30, 2017

The owner of Hot Chicken Takeover, a popular Columbus restaurant, has made headlines in hiring former criminals as employees. The restaurant’s founder, Joe DeLoss, appeared on Megyn Kelly Today last week, talking about his business. He mentioned the restaurant’s growth and employment model, which includes hiring people who have found it difficult to get a job because of a criminal … Read More>

Kansas Governor
Kansas Governor Grants First Pardon
October 24, 2017

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has issued his first pardon in almost seven years in office. The pardon granted was for Mark Schmitt, who was convicted of felony theft as a college student in 1994. Schmitt had made a false insurance claim for $1,551 while attending college in Ottawa. He paid his court-ordered restitution, and has his sentence expunged in the … Read More>

US Disaster
Can the Government Confiscate My Guns During a Disaster?
October 19, 2017

During times of man-made or natural disaster, American citizens can become concerned with the government’s response to crisis and how it will affect them. During times of tragedy, Governors of affected areas are liable to declare a state of emergency.  This declaration suspends or alters the typical actions of executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of government. It can result in … Read More>