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  • Technology is Changing the Way We See Criminals

    An Era of Transparency Our lives are online, whether we like it or not. Even if you don’t share your personal life with friends online, chances are someone could view your personal information with just a click of a button. And the information that can be discovered is the kind that can hurt you the most. Primarily, I’m talking about your criminal record. If you are arrested for, charged with, or ...
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  • Cleaning Your Record in the Ban the Box Era

    Ban the Box Protections In the Ban the Box Era, more Californians with criminal records are being treated fairly than ever before. With new laws to protect those at a disadvantage in place, people are being judged on their own merits first and their criminal histories last. This represents a shift in the right direction. But few comprehensively understand the Ban the Box law and what protections ...
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  • 3 Ways to Move on From a Criminal Conviction

    Being convicted of a crime is something most people want to move on from, and fast. But doing so can prove difficult if you don’t know where to start. Moving on from a criminal conviction happens in steps, some small and some large, so here are three effective ways to move on from your criminal conviction . 1. Finish All Requirements of Your Sentence If you’ve been ordered to pay fines, take ...
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  • California May Dismiss Thousands of Marijuana Convictions; Is Yours One?

    A Shifting Legal Landscape As State lawmakers continue to redefine the legality of marijuana, those with prior marijuana-related convictions may see the light. A conviction for possession of a controlled substance is a serious matter. And many Californians now have a conviction for possession of a drug that is now entirely legal in the state. To make amends, California is dismissing thousands of ...
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  • 7 Ways to Keep a California Criminal Charge From Ruining Your Life

    Just the Beginning Facing criminal charges isn’t the end of the world. It is, however, the start of a potentially difficult time in your life. But you have options, and pleading guilty isn’t the only way out. The best thing you can do for yourself is to speak with an attorney to learn about what will and what can happen in your case. To help you do that, here are seven ways to keep a California ...
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  • 10 Criminal Defense Strategies That Could Clear Your Name

    Your Life on Hold Facing criminal charges can leave you with a lot of uncertainty. You don’t know what your future will hold. You may be anticipating steep fines , a criminal record, and even incarceration. When faced with these consequences, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. The good news is there are steps you can take to fight your criminal charges. Not all of these strategies will work for you; ...
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  • 5 Common Misconceptions About Criminal Records

    Clearing the Misconceptions Having a criminal record is a liability. It can hold you back and cause others to judge you. Thus, it’s important to clear up some common misconceptions about criminal records so you better understand what is on yours, who can see it , and what they can do with that information. A background check company can pull up a record of every crime you’ve committed. For-profit ...
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  • Americans With Criminal Records Are a Growing Minority

    The Group No One Wants to Join If you think your criminal record is holding you back, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re just one of almost one-third of working-age Americans with a criminal record. But is being part of this growing group of Americans a good thing? Perhaps it is, but let’s explore why. The Rising Minority Studies have shown the number of Americans with criminal records nearly ...
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  • Gubernatorial Pardons in California: Past and Present

    A Look at Your Options Cleaning your record can help you move on with your life after a criminal conviction. In California, those with misdemeanor offenses can petition to have their conviction dismissed . But if you have a felony conviction and were sentenced to prison or otherwise put under the authority of the California Department of Corrections, you are ineligible for a dismissal. You could, ...
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  • Serious Juvenile Offenses and Record Sealing

    Moving on From Your Early Mistakes Making a mistake in your youth shouldn’t reflect on your character as an adult. But a juvenile record can follow you into adulthood. Courts, law enforcement, employers, landlords, and other agencies may have access to your juvenile records. While some records of juvenile offenses are automatically sealed, many others are not. And, contrary to popular belief, all ...
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  • Have Priors? Here’s What That Means for Your Current Charges

    When the Deck is Stacked Against You When you are being prosecuted for a crime, many factors can influence your case. The facts and circumstances of your offense can influence how the prosecuting attorney files the charge. And many additional factors can influence how the judge sentences you. Among the most important of these numerous factors that can affect a criminal case is the defendant’s ...
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  • Record Cleaning: When Knowledge Is Power

    Record cleaning is a growing service industry. The number of Americans with criminal records is rising. Some studies claim up to 1/3 of all working-age adults has a criminal record. Given this figure, it seems unfair for an employer to make a hiring decision based off of a criminal record. But the vast majority of employers use criminal background checks to screen employees and applicants and, as ...
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  • The Benefits of Probation Termination or Modification

    Lifting Restrictions Probation is a common penalty for criminal convictions. Many crimes can result in one to three years of probation, during which time the defendant is subject to certain restrictions and requirements. Violating the terms of your probation can result in a longer probation period or event jail time, which is easy to do given the terms of many probation sentences. This puts ...
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  • Know the Facts: Cleaning Your Record and Your Rights

    When You Are at a Disadvantage Being convicted of a crime is a life-altering event. Not only will you be punished by the criminal court, but you will also carry that conviction with you the rest of your life in the form of a criminal background. And, unfortunately, many people can access that information and potentially use it against you. When you have a criminal background, looking for a job can ...
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  • Criminal Convictions and Your Rights as an Employee

    Know Your Rights Californians possess many rights when it comes to when and how a criminal conviction can be held against them for employment purposes. At this point, most non-governmental employers cannot inquire about a conviction that has been expunged or an arrest that did not end in a conviction, nor could they use such a discovery in their hiring decision. For current employees, however, the ...
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  • Can I Expunge a Felony From My Record?

    Removing Evidence of Serious Offenses California recognizes two main types of criminal offenses: misdemeanors and felonies. Between the two, felonies are more serious, and misdemeanors are less serious. Not surprisingly, a felony conviction can hold you back in many ways and haunt you for the rest of your life. Because felonies are serious convictions and often come with a prison sentence, they ...
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  • How a California Conviction Can Affect Your Medical License

    Conduct On and Off the Job Medical professionals in California are held to high standards. Not only do licensed medical professional need to be at their best on the job, but they also need to be mindful of their conduct off the job as well. Medical professionals have to abide by a code of ethics whether they are treating a patient or not. In our society, we often look to physicians and other ...
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  • Low-Income Housing and Criminal Backgrounds in California

    The Far-Reaching Consequences of a Criminal Conviction Among the many consequences of a criminal conviction in California, difficulty finding rental housing is perhaps one of the most disruptive. Your options for rental housing in California can be limited by your criminal background, and this is even truer when it comes to low-income (i.e. public) housing. If you are one of the hundreds of ...
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  • Is My Criminal Record Publically Available?

    Is Your Private Business Public? In the interest of public safety and transparency in the court system, many court records, including records of criminal convictions , are part of the public record . To make matter worse, private companies compile public records from courts all over the U.S. and sell the information online. Almost anyone can run a background check through one of these companies ...
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  • What Your Criminal Record Will Show After a Dismissal

    The Before and After of Record Cleaning Cleaning your criminal record can significantly improve your chances of getting a job, housing, or a loan. But doing so is an investment in your time and money, and there are no guarantees your petition will be granted. Many people want to know exactly how a dismissed conviction will appear on their record before and after the dismissal process. This is ...
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  • Employment Bans and Criminal Convictions

    Banned For Good When you are convicted of a crime in California, you end up with more than just a criminal record. You gain a stigmatization that will make it difficult to find a job, too. Needless to say, few employers will give an applicant with a criminal record a chance. And in certain fields, an applicant with a criminal conviction may be banned from employment indefinitely. Whether or not ...
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  • How Long Are Convictions Discoverable on Background Checks?

    Background Check Basics Today, almost anyone with a credit card and Internet access can run a background check on someone. It’s not surprising that most employers, landlords, and lenders run background checks on applicants. If you have a criminal conviction on your record, this poses a problem . Unfortunately, being denied access to a job, housing, or a loan is just one of the residual ...
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  • On the Hunt for a Job? What to Know About Your Juvenile Record

    Moving on From Past Mistakes When on the hunt for a job , mistakes made in your youth shouldn’t hold you back. Fortunately, there are protections in place to prohibit most California employers from considering your juvenile criminal history when making a decision on whether or not to hire you. Let’s look at the specific protections are you entitled to. As of January 1, 2017, California employers ...
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  • Can I Expunge an Out of State Criminal Conviction in California?

    A Conviction Can Follow You Wherever You Go The law holds people accountable no matter where they are. You are just as susceptible to criminal charges when vacationing or traveling as you are in your home state. Many Californians learn this the hard way and are convicted of crimes when traveling to nearby states such as Arizona and Nevada. When facing criminal charges outside of their home state, ...
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  • Requesting Your Criminal Record From the State of California

    Having a criminal record can complicate job hunting. Most employers run background checks on potential employees, and if you don’t know what information they can see, it can be nerve-wracking to the say the least. You can save yourself some uncertainty by obtaining a copy of your criminal record from the State of California. Your California criminal record will display information about your ...
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