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How to Join the Army with a Felony
November 30, 2021

Join the Army with a Felony Enlisting in any of the six branches of the United States Military can be an amazing, life-changing decision. However, it’s often not as easy as walking into an enlistment office, signing your papers, and heading to boot camp. One of the most common reasons to be denied enlistment is failing the required background check. … Read More>

How to Expunge a DUI in Michigan
November 23, 2021

Michigan's New Clean Slate Act The Clean Slate Act went into effect April 2021, expanding those who can seek to “set aside" convictions. This was life-changing for many people who were previously not eligible to clean up their criminal record. However, until recently, the Clean Slate Act did not allow you to expunge a DUI in Michigan. NOTE: The term “expungement” … Read More>

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Understanding Oregon’s New Expungement Laws
November 19, 2021

As the law rapidly changes from state to state, particularly with a focus on post-conviction remedy options, it can be hard to keep up. Oregon is one such state that has recently made significant changes to their law affecting a defendant’s ability to set aside, or expunge, a conviction.  The Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 397 this past August with a nearly unanimous vote. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2022, amending much of the Oregon Revised … Read More>

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How to Restore Gun Rights in Illinois
October 19, 2021

It is now much easier to restore gun rights in Illinois. On September 2, 2021, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision on Evans v. Cook County State’s Attorney. The decision resolved two questions that have been causing delays in the lower courts of Illinois in matters of firearm rights restoration.    First, the IL Supreme Court laid to rest the … Read More>

How To Pass A Background Check And Buy A Gun
October 19, 2021

There is an amazing gun for sale at the sporting goods store in town. However, if you try to purchase it, there will be a background check performed. If you have a criminal record, you could be prohibited from buying a gun. From buying a gun to being able to successfully pass a background check, read on about the importance … Read More>

Seattle Passes Law Restricting Landlords’ Use of Criminal Records
October 18, 2021

Here’s some good news for those people with a criminal record in Washington. On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted 8 to 0 to prohibit landlords from using criminal records to screen prospective tenants. The only exception to the new ordinance are sex offenders – and landlords must still demonstrate a legitimate business reason if they deny housing to a … Read More>

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Can a Felon Own a Gun?
September 14, 2021

One of the most controversial Amendments, if not the most controversial, is the Second Amendment – The Right to Keep and Bear Arms.  It has created a heated debate among politicians for many years.  At WipeRecord, many times we are asked whether a felon can own a gun.  The general answer to this question is: no.  There are state and … Read More>

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What is the Michigan Clean Slate Law?
April 7, 2021

After criminal conviction, most criminals assume they have paid their debt to society and can move forward with their lives. They may have specific goals they want to accomplish, a great work history, and a strong conviction about rebuilding their lives and starting over. Unfortunately, their criminal past can follow them. A criminal history can make it difficult for people to … Read More>

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What is the North Carolina Second Chance Act
March 31, 2021

What is the North Carolina Second Chance Act of 2020, and How Does It Impact You? Almost one in four North Carolina citizens have criminal records. This means that one in four individuals has to deal with devastating secondary consequences that impact their employment, housing, and other opportunities, such as their Second Amendment rights.  However, with North Carolina Second Chance Act's implementation, … Read More>

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Your Record Has Been Expunged…Now What?
March 19, 2021

So, now that a judge has dotted all the I’s and crossed all the T’s on your granted order securing your expungement, what now? How long does it take for an expungement order to turn into a clear background check? The answer is that it depends.   According to the websites of most municipal and district courts, it can usually take up to … Read More>