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California SB 421: Tiered Sex Offenders Registry Bill
September 11, 2017

California has over 105,000 people designated as sex offenders. It’s just one of four states that currently mandates lifetime enrollment on the sex offender’s registry. However, the state Senate just recently passed Senate Bill 421 as a bipartisan effort to reform the bloated statewide sex offender registry. The bill allows for the names of those who had committed non-violent, or … Read More>

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Major Record Sealing Expansion Bill Signed in Illinois
September 7, 2017

Criminal Identification Act Expanded Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner just signed into law what seems to be the broadest record sealing law in the United States. Remarkably, most misdemeanor and felony convictions are eligible for sealing as of August 2017. Still, there is a three-year eligibility waiting period, with no other findings of guilt. Also, ineligible offenses include DUI, sex crimes, animal … Read More>

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California Struggles with Gun Control Laws
September 1, 2017

California Gun Laws 2017 California continues to face legal challenges to new gun control measures. In 2000, the state banned the sale of firearm magazines that can hold more than ten rounds. Until recently, residents who already possessed such large-capacity magazines could keep them. However, California passed Proposition 63 in November, which requires background checks to purchase ammunition, bans possession of … Read More>

Mexican Border
Can I Travel to Mexico with a Criminal Record?
August 30, 2017

If you want to visit Mexico, and you have a criminal record, what can you expect to happen? Travelling outside the U.S. with a criminal record can be a stressful task. Any criminal record can make it difficult to get through customs and pass the necessary background check. Some countries take criminal records more seriously than others. For example, in … Read More>

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Can I Become a Teacher with a Criminal Record?
August 29, 2017

If you’re concerned that a criminal record may keep you from being a teacher – you still have options. Believe it or not, under the right circumstances, an individual with a criminal record can become a teaching professional. Most can agree that teachers are constantly shaping the lives of generations to come, and it's a controversial topic to discuss hiring teachers with a … Read More>

New Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bills Pending in Congress
August 25, 2017

New Developments for Concealed Carry In March 2017, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow legal gun owners and concealed carry permit holders nationwide to responsibly arm themselves no matter where they are. A similar bill was also drafted by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) titled, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. … Read More>

Can You Go to College with a Criminal Record?
August 21, 2017

Millions of Americans will be heading to college in the Fall in the hopes of economic achievement and personal prosperity. Unfortunately, for some, a criminal record will separate them from having the opportunity of a college experience. As a young adult unaware of what the future holds, mistakes can be made, often leading to a criminal record. Whether you have … Read More>

How to Rent an Apartment with a Criminal Record
August 18, 2017

As you may already know, a criminal record can make it very difficult when trying to rent a new apartment. No matter where you're located, landlords almost always conduct a background check as part of the application process. As mentioned in a previous blog post, some cities are passing laws to prevent the discrimination of renters with a criminal record. … Read More>

Seattle Passes Law Restricting Landlords’ Use of Criminal Records
August 17, 2017

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>