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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>

How a Recruiter Can Place a Candidate with a Criminal Record
November 3, 2016

Recruiting is not always the easiest job.  Recruiters are constantly looking for the right applicant for the right job and the timing needs to be perfect.  Many salespeople and executives are often contacted (maybe 1x per quarter) from recruiters.  And we have to hand it to recruiters – they are a polished bunch of people – always networking and trying to … Read More>

California Firearm Rights Restoration
Federal Appeals Court Limits the Government’s Ability to Strip your Gun Rights
October 28, 2016

Federal law bans gun possession by felons, who are defined as people convicted of any “crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.” There is an exception for misdemeanor state crimes, that are “punishable by a term of imprisonment of two years or less.” The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in a recent decision has ruled that it … Read More>

How Can I Get my Criminal Record Expunged Without a Lawyer?
October 24, 2016

Criminal record expungements are a legal process. But like all legal processes, any citizen could technically do it themselves. Pro se legal representation is the term used for those who choose to advocate on one’s behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer. This may occur in any court proceeding, whether it be defending oneself in a … Read More>

Buyer Beware: Mistakes Enforcing an Expungement Could Cost You a Job!
October 14, 2016

Not All Background Checks Are Created Equally Big data means big business, and background check companies are cashing in. Over $2 billion dollars were spent last year on background checks in the U.S. alone. The background check industry has flourished because most employers and landlords require background checks to obtain employment or housing.  However, not all background check companies are created … Read More>

State University of New York Removes Big Question from Student Application
October 10, 2016

STEP FORWARD FOR SCHOOLS, BUT WHAT ABOUT A JOB AFTERWARDS?The trustees of the State University of New York voted mid-September to eliminate questions about past felony convictions from its general application starting with the fall 2018 admissions cycle. After admission, students will only be asked to reveal a prior conviction if they are seeking on-campus housing, studying abroad or looking … Read More>

California Ends Statute of Limitations for Rape
October 3, 2016

The high-profile allegations that Bill Cosby raped a series of women from the 1970s to present has inspired the California state legislature to remove the statute of limitations for the crime of rape. Previously, California state law prevents prosecution of a felony sexual offense if the sexual offense in question occurred 10 or more years previous. The bill, entitled, SB … Read More>

Fighting Crime With Job Training
September 25, 2016

A number of state programs which provide job training for incarcerated individuals have been selected for federal funding. One of the final initiatives of the Obama administration, the programs work closely with individuals close to being released by preparing them for eventual employment before they are actually released. Additionally, employees of the Linking to Employment Activities programs work closely with … Read More>

Federal Government Bans the Sale of Guns to Medical Marijuana Card Holders
September 12, 2016

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over 9 states, decided earlier this month that the federal government can legally ban the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders. This decision will impact California, Washington, Oregon, among many other states. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, a federal agency, issued a statement in 2011 … Read More>

Going to Canada with a Criminal Record? It may be Quite Difficult
September 1, 2016

Looking to head to Canada to take in some sights, experience culture, or travel for work?  Be sure to enjoy it, because Canada is a beautiful country.  Just be mindful that if you have a criminal record, entry to the northern half may be difficult.  Because the United States and Canada share a database, Canadian border officials can now easily access … Read More>