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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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  • Expungements and Megan’s Law

    California’s Sex Offender Registration Act Under the Sex Offender Registration Act, those convicted of certain offenses in California must register as a sex offender for the rest of their lives. This is also called the PC 290 requirement. This is a large burden to bear for committing even one crime. And, under Megan’s Law, sex offender registration information is easily accessible by the public ...
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  • Do Online Record Cleaning Services Work?

    Knowing Where to Turn for Quality Legal Assistance As more and more employers choose to conduct background checks on prospective employees, our criminal records are more visible than ever. Online criminal background checks make viewing your past convictions easy and convenient for almost anyone who wants to see them. If you have a criminal history, you may have considered trying to clean your ...
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  • How Can I Restore My Gun Rights?

    Fighting to Get Your Rights Back US citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. This is protected under the Second Amendment, and it’s one right that people have been known to fight tooth and nail for. While it is a protected right, there are many instances when this right can be suspended or even taken away permanently. Many people are shocked to learn your gun rights can be taken away if you ...
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  • Can I Expunge an Infraction?

    There are three types of crimes recognized by the California criminal justice system: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Infractions are the least serious offense, but nevertheless many people would rather not have anything on their record at all. Many infraction crimes in California are traffic violations, such as exceeding the speed limit. There are also non-traffic criminal infractions, ...
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  • Will a Probation Violation Affect My Expungement Eligibility?

    Probation may be given instead of or in addition to jail time to many California defendants. Probation can be formal or informal. Informal probation is also called summary probation. No matter what type of probation you are on or for how long, it is crucial to not violate the conditions of your probation at any time. A probation violation can result in many consequences, not least of which is ...
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  • The Expungement Process: What Information Will I Need?

    Trying to get a conviction dismissed through the expungement process can be a challenge. The California expungement process is complicated and will require a lot of information from you. If you are thinking about getting an expungement, you are probably wondering what information you will need to do so. It is a good idea to gather all this information before you start the process. You will need ...
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  • What Rights Will Expungement Restore?

    Having your criminal record expunged can restore your dignity and your confidence, especially when it comes to job hunting. No one should have to let a criminal record prevent him or her from finding a job or housing. Unfortunately, even one criminal conviction can cause you to lose your job or miss out on a job opportunity. A criminal conviction can also take away some of your rights. You may be ...
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  • How Do I Know if I'm Eligible for an Expungement?

    Having a criminal record can burden you with limitations, restrictions, and stigma. It can prevent you from holding certain positions or living in certain areas. Unfortunately, a criminal conviction can stay on your record long after you've fulfilled your sentencing requirements and returned to a law-abiding life. Moving on from a criminal conviction is possible, but it takes time. After you've ...
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  • How Do I Seal My Juvenile Record?

    The juvenile justice system is little understood. The juvenile justice system is not exactly the same as the criminal justice system, but they work together to rehabilitate youths who have broken the law. Unlike popular belief, your juvenile record is not destroyed once you turn 18. In fact, it is still visible as any adult convictions would be and will remain visible for quite some time unless ...
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