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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 major … Read More>

Tax Refund
Use Your Tax Refund Check to Invest in Yourself
March 25, 2019

Tax Refunds and the Shutdown Like 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>

Michigan criminal expungement
How to Expunge a Criminal Record in Michigan
January 27, 2019

Expunging your criminal record in Michigan means that your prior conviction is set aside. If a conviction is expunged, in most cases it is considered to have never happened. For example, with an expunged record, you can honestly tell employers that your criminal record is clean. The record may only be accessed in limited circumstances, such as increasing your sentence … 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
December 28, 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>

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Driving for Uber, Lyft, or Other Ridesharing Companies with a Criminal Record
April 27, 2018

The debate about Uber, Lyft, and other ride sharing companies has come under scrutiny over the last year for the manner in which they perform background checks on their drivers.  Many cities across the country have enacted laws intended to impose more stringent background checks on drivers for ride sharing companies.  In some cases, Uber has stayed put despite legislation imposing … Read More>

North Carolina
North Carolina Passes New Expungement Law SB 445
November 21, 2017

New North Carolina Law By December of this year, first-time, non-violent offenders in North Carolina will be given new opportunities for criminal record expungement. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 445 into law on July 28, 2017. The legislation was a bipartisan effort to simplify and increase access to expungements. It’s is a major improvement because previously, the state … 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>