Anybody with a felony record knows very well the challenges of finding decent employment and housing. The clear result of felony prosecutions is that good potential workers are kept out of the productive labor force. A report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research states that this under-employment actually reduces the productivity of the…

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They say a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, and this is never truer than when taking steps to have your rights restored. Pursuing a felony expungement should be undertaken as soon as possible because laws and circumstances can change without notice. Simply put, we should act quickly when working toward…

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We think of Rights Restoration as a hierarchy. At the top is expungement or set aside, which makes the conviction disappear. You can’t get better than that. If you cannot expunge or set aside, the next best thing is to turn a felony into a misdemeanor. This is done through a law that allows a…

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In our experience all fines, fees, and restitution must be paid off before people can set aside a conviction. A reduction requires at a minimum to be up to date with a payment plan. The laws do not explicitly discuss money owed, but they do discuss complying with the sentence of the court, which arguably…

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Because of global accessibility to digitized information and record keeping, data sharing across local, state and federal governmental agencies have become the norm. The result has been clients who have had municipal court convictions from the 80s, 70s or even 60s pop up on a background check, preventing them from getting an apartment, being hired…

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When someone is arrested but not convicted, the relief they feel can be overwhelming. It is unfortunate that most background checks fail to differentiate between an arrest and a conviction. While arrest records cannot technically be used against someone, they are generally considered public information.  Unless they are expunged, arrests are likely to appear on…

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1. Set Aside (Expungement) Clears Criminal Records When a criminal arrest or conviction is expunged, all official records of the incident, including police records are sealed, and you can legally deny the arrest or conviction over occurred. In extremely limited circumstances, a judge can opt to reopen an expunged record, but this is an extremely…

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