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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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  • Can I Be Fired for a Criminal Conviction?

    Employers’ Rights If you have a criminal conviction, convincing someone to hire you can be challenging. Even if you already have a job and are convicted of a crime, your livelihood may be at stake. Generally speaking, an employer has the right to ask for written consent to perform investigative consumer background checks, also called consumer background check, on their employees and applicants. ...
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  • Earning Early Release: What Prop 57 Means for California’s Prison System

    Pathways to Early Release California’s prison system is one of the most crowded in the nation. Amidst severe overcrowding and enormous costs, California took steps to reduce the statewide inmate population to alleviate these problems. Despite the drastic situation, this reduction could only happen gradually while preserving the safety of the community, a top concern for many who opposed the ...
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  • Can Felons Vote?

    How Do Criminal Convictions Affect Voting Rights? Voting rights are important to many Americans. Especially in today’s political climate, the right to vote is a great way to make your voice heard. And, as California proposes more and more controversial laws, every vote counts. Unfortunately, a person convicted of a felony may lose his or her right to vote . While this may be the least of your ...
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  • How to Disclose Your Criminal Past on Job Applications

    Knowing What to Disclose When applying for jobs in California, having a criminal past can hold you back. In today’s day and age, whether or not it is fair, hiring managers frequently don’t give applicants with criminal histories the time of day. Because of this, many job seekers with criminal histories hesitate to give any information about their conviction to their potential employers. Disclosing ...
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  • Is Elder Abuse Domestic Violence?

    Defining the Victim Abuse comes in many forms, and these forms often depend on whom the victim is. While the abuse of a domestic partner, a cohabitant , a child, or a family member are all potentially punishable offenses, they can result in different charges and thus different sentences. One of the lesser-known forms of abuse is elder abuse. Although not well understood, elder abuse is actually a ...
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  • What Prop 64 Means for Those With Marijuana Convictions

    Changing Times and Changing Laws Over the years, the legal status of marijuana across the nation has changed. As we grow more tolerant, better understand how marijuana affects the body, recognize the detrimental effects from incarcerating marijuana users, and learn about how revenue can be generated from the legal sale of marijuana, more and more states are legalizing recreational use. California, ...
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  • What Is the Different Between a Rap Sheet and a Criminal Record?

    Understanding Criminal Records When you are arrested, charged with a crime, or convicted of a crime, information about your case will be put on your criminal record. Criminal record is a general term. Different pieces of information and levels of detail will be included on different records, and these records are accessible by different parties. The record law enforcement will see will differ from ...
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  • Have a Criminal Record? Here Are Some Tips for Job Hunting

    Beating the Odds Job hunting is hard enough. You have to dress the right way, talk the right way, and know the right people just to get your foot in the door. Factor in a criminal record, and you can face some serious adversity in the job market, no matter the charge. We all have to work, and having a criminal record shouldn’t prohibit you from finding employment. You can overcome adversity and ...
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  • Getting a Governor’s Pardon

    Petitioning for Forgiveness If you’ve been convicted of a felony and sentenced to state prison or otherwise put under the authority of the California Department of Corrections, your options for cleaning your record are limited. You are not eligible to have a conviction dismissed through the process of expungement. This is unfortunate because expungement can greatly increase your chances of getting ...
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  • What Shows Up on a Criminal Background Check

    Background Check Basics One of the most cumbersome effects of a criminal conviction is having a criminal record. Long after your sentence is served and your fines are paid, you will face constant reminders of your mistake every time someone runs a criminal background check on you. And that can happen often. Potential employers, volunteer agencies, landlords, and lenders frequently run background ...
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  • Hidden Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in California

    Collateral Consequences Serving your sentence for a criminal conviction fulfills your responsibility and duty to the court and to society. After you have completed your sentence, however, you could still suffer from the hidden consequences of a criminal conviction. These collateral consequences can significantly hold someone back from reentering the community and living a productive life. Often, ...
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  • Criminal Convictions and Military Eligibility

    Barriers to Service Serving in the armed forces requires strong moral character both as a prerequisite for enlistment and while in service. Consequently, the recruiting process for the armed forces involves assessing the applicant for enlistment standards that demonstrate moral fitness. Each specific defense unit maintains moral standards that must be met to accept a recruit. Screening for ...
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  • Is Sealing Your Record the Same as Expungement?

    Sealing the Past Cleaning your criminal record can be fraught with exceptions, exclusions, and requirements that may make it seem like no matter what you do, someone somewhere will be able to view your conviction history. This is true in many cases; sometimes cleaning your record alters what is on your record but does not completely erase your criminal history. In a few select cases, however, ...
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  • How Can I Get a Charge Reduced?

    The Difference Between Misdemeanors and Felonies California has two main classes of criminal offenses: misdemeanors and felonies . Infractions are also technically criminal offenses, but, in practice, are handled like traffic tickets. It goes without saying; felony crimes are the most serious. They typically carry a death or prison sentence, while misdemeanor crimes are punishable by only up to ...
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  • How Employers See Your Criminal Record After an Expungement

    Cleaning your criminal record can change your life. It can prevent certain people and organizations from accessing information about your criminal past. This can reduce or eliminate any discrimination you might face when applying for jobs, for housing, public assistance, or loans. Unfortunately, a dismissal of a conviction won’t erase your record nor does it destroy it. Because of this, certain ...
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  • Cleaning Your Record After an Acquittal

    Not every defendant prosecuted under the California criminal justice system will be convicted. In fact, the number of those who are acquitted is significant. Though an acquittal means the prosecutor failed to prove the defendant was guilty, the defendant will still walk away with a criminal record from the case regardless. This is unfortunate because people are wrongfully charged with crimes every ...
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  • What Is Factual Innocence?

    People are wrongfully arrested and charged with crimes they didn’t commit in California every day. Law enforcement does its best, but sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time can result in a false criminal accusation. Those who are truly innocent may be released before charges are even filed. Still others who are officially charged with a crime later have their cases dismissed because ...
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  • Can I Get a Felony Reduced?

    A Lesser Offense Most crimes in California are charged as either misdemeanors or felonies . Between the two, misdemeanors are the less serious of crimes. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to 364 days in a county jail. Felonies are the most serious crimes and are punishable by a prison or death sentence. Felonies can also take away your voting rights , your gun rights , your right to serve on a ...
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  • Criminal Convictions and Your Voting Rights

    Protecting Your Rights It is hard to ignore the widespread media coverage of the presidential election. Likewise, you probably can’t get very far in California without seeing state election propaganda. The right to vote is an important one, and our democracy depends on our citizens being able to exercise that right. We all deserve the right to vote, but many of us have that right taken away. For ...
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  • Resentencing Under Prop 47

    A Second Chance It is no secret California’s prisons have struggled with overcrowding. Reform has helped reduce overcrowding , but the prison system is still over capacity. One of the contributing forces behind the reduction in the prison population comes from proposition 47 , recently passed in 2014. Proposition 47, also called prop 47, effectively reclassifies certain non-violent, non-serious ...
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