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Several States Broaden Expungement Laws

For the most part, expungement laws have been extremely restrictive or completely non-existent in the United States even though expungements allow people a second chance at a clear record, and positive lifestyle. Advocates for expungement laws point to the position many ex-offenders find themselves in once they have served their time and wish to move on with […]

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Is Bond Unconstitutional?

Financial bond, commonly referred to as bail, is the assurity a person gives the court for their return to all future court proceedings [2]. Most jurisdictions use either a judge’s discretion or a bail schedule (a long list of charges corresponding to set prices based on the severity of the crime) to determine the amount of a person’s […]

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Can You Go to Jail for Refusing to Take a PBT?

On September 1st, the Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments challenging a Florida law that punishes drunk-driving suspects who refuse to take a preliminary breath test (“PBT”), which measures the alcohol content in a person’s body [1]. The Court will decide whether states can impose criminal penalties on suspected drunk drivers who refuse to take a PBT. William […]

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West Virginia Seeks Changes to Expungement Law

West Virginia is working on implementing a number of initiatives that would open doors to the workforce for non-violent offenders. Senator Joe Manchin told the Register Herald, “We’re in a state where less than 50 percent of working-age adults are working [1].” Some of these people simply cannot find employment because of drug-related felony convictions. […]

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Massachusetts Senate Cracks Down on First-Time DUI Offenders

The Massachusetts state senate, hoping to prevent repeat drunk driving offenses, recently passed legislation that would require first-time drunk driving offenders to use an ignition interlock system [1]. An ignition interlock system is a breath alcohol analyzer that connects with a car’s ignition and other control systems [2]. The system prevents a car from starting if the blood […]

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$75 Fine for Possession of Marijuana in Georgia

In Clarkston, Georgia a hard-fought local ordinance amendment will weaken penalties for simple possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. The amendment will change the penalty to a maximum $75 fine [1]. Clarkston is the first city in Georgia to decriminalize the use and possession of marijuana, which is still illegal under state law [2]. […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Evidence from Illegal Stops

The Supreme Court has ruled that evidence found by police officers after illegal stops may be used in court if the officers conducted their search after learning the defendants had outstanding arrest warrants. This decision came after a 5 to 3 vote, where the majority side determined that such searches do not violate the Fourth […]

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Not Eligible For Expungement Right Now? You May Qualify Soon

Under current Michigan law, not all crimes can be expunged from a criminal record. Crimes carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison cannot be removed from a criminal record. Misdemeanor drunk driving crimes are also ineligible for expungement in Michigan. Even if your conviction is eligible for an expungement, under new Michigan law, an […]

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Why You Need an Attorney to Help Clear Your Record

Under new Michigan law, an individual may expunge one felony or up to two misdemeanor convictions from their criminal record. In order to get an expungement in Michigan, you must file an application to set aside your conviction. After filing the application and verifying your expungement eligibility, a hearing will be held where a judge […]

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3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Franchise

When you make the decision to buy a franchise, you’re putting a big investment of money and time on the line – and your success isn’t entirely dependent on your actions alone. If you’re considering purchasing a franchise, you probably have hundreds of questions bouncing around in your mind – questions with answers that may […]

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