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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>

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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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>

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Is Having Bad Credit the Same as Having a Criminal Record?
December 29, 2020

When someone considers a “great” life, they might envision a fresh start.  That might include a life free from a RAP sheet, a loving family and perfect credit for starters.  Most people who have a criminal record would do anything to expunge or seal it.  No one wants to be discriminated against because of past mistakes.  So why does a criminal record have … Read More>

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Updated Expungement Laws
July 15, 2020

At WipeRecord, a division of Eastman Meyler, PC, we pride ourselves on staying up to date on numerous state laws regarding criminal record expungement and firearm rights restoration. There are several states that have recently started to embrace post-conviction relief opportunities for past offenders, realizing the importance of such relief. Just recently, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia passed sweeping legislation to … Read More>

What To Do If You’ve Been Arrested At A Protest
July 10, 2020

We’ve been getting a lot of calls and emails recently from people concerned that their recent arrest at a protest will have lasting consequences. According to some reports, many of those who were arrested will probably be let go and charges will most likely be dropped. However, in some areas of the country, people will be convicted. Many people with … Read More>

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Support the Second Chance for Georgia Campaign
June 23, 2020

The Georgia state legislature is currently omitting a key component to a criminal justice reform bill, SB 288 [SB 288 2019-2020 Regular Session]. Lawmakers have not included language to allow a pathway to expungement for nonviolent felony offenders—a measure that would provide immediate positive economic and social change for nearly 600,000 Georgians.   A felony conviction can follow a person around for … Read More>

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I Have A Criminal Record and I Want To Join The Military
June 1, 2020

We get this question a lot - especially if one has a felony. A young and brave man or woman wants to join the military and serve their country, but their past life holds a criminal record. Will this create an issue with being accepted into the United States Armed Forces? There are six branches of the U.S. Military including … Read More>

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Here’s What to Expect at a Court Hearing
April 21, 2020

A court hearing can be quite daunting, whether it’s your first or fifth time going. When you go to court, it is generally said that you're attending a “hearing.” Preparing for a hearing can cost a lot of time, effort, and expenses for both the plaintiff and the defendant. However, it is crucial to prepare to the best of your … Read More>