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Gun rights
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>

California
Is California’s Ban the Box Law a Good Solution?
November 18, 2019

California’s Assembly Bill (AB) 1008 now makes it an unlawful practice for an employer to ask about an applicant’s criminal history before a conditional offer has been made. Similar bills have been labeled throughout the country as "ban-the-box" laws. In other words, applicants no longer have to face that small check box which many worry about. Effects of the Bill This … 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>

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>

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>

Florida State Seal
Florida Governor Signs Record Sealing Bill SB 118
October 3, 2017

SB 118 Summary Signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on June 16, 2017, Florida SB 118 will allow for increased record sealing and expungement opportunities for individuals charged, but not convicted, of one or more crimes. The bill passed unanimously through both the House and the Senate before reaching the desk of the Governor. It allows for automatic record sealing … Read More>

Can I Renew My DACA If I Have a Misdemeanor?
September 13, 2017

If you’ve seen the news headlines in the past week or so, then you’ve probably heard of “DACA.” For those who are not familiar with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), here’s a brief rundown. In 2012, Obama issued the policy change to suspend the deportation of illegal immigrants who entered as minors, and allow them to obtain work … Read More>

Record seal expansion Illinois
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>

An Example of Ex-Felons Contributing to Society
July 17, 2017

For some convicted felons, the end of your criminal record expungement process can be a sigh of relief. With the rewarding benefits and the weight of your past lifted off your shoulders, you feel that you can finally get back to living a normal life. You may be asking yourself, what is a gratifying way I can contribute to society? Look … Read More>