Utah Becomes the Second State with Automatic Expungement

The State of Utah has followed in Pennsylvania’s footsteps and approved a bill to automate expungement for certain low level offenses. The law is aimed at helping reformed offenders return to society without the heavy stigma a criminal record create. Continue reading

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What Does the New California Domestic Violence Firearm Law, PC § 29805, Actually Do?

As of January 01, 2019, California Assembly Bill No. 3129 is in effect. The bill was enacted to modify CA Penal Code § 29805. The new law prohibits firearm possession by those that have committed misdemeanor domestic battery with injury (Penal Code §273.5) for life. A violation of the new domestic violence lifetime ban means the person may be charged with additional offenses for violating the ban as either an additional misdemeanor or even a felony. Continue reading

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Attorney Mathew Higbee Wins Legal Battle for Second Amendment Rights in Chicago

After one of our client’s cases was denied under the administrative appeals law for filing several years after a denial of a firearm application, we decided to fight back. We went to the higher court in Chicago and appealed the case against the Cook County State’s Attorney and the Illinois State Police. The Appellate Court was convinced by our arguments and reversed the prior gun rights denial, holding that the administrative appeals law does not restrict firearm rights restoration petitions made in Illinois courts. Continue reading

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Higbee & Associates Achieves Pennsylvania Pardon Success for their Clients

The Law Firm of Higbee & Associates achieved 16 granted pardons for their clients in December 2018! Earning a pardon is considered earning an extraordinary relief, so it is no easy feat and requires patience, determination, and focus through a lengthy process to demonstrate deservingness of relief to the Board. Continue reading

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California Expands Felony Expungement Eligibility with AB 1115

California has passed into law AB 1115, a bill expanding eligibility for felony expungements to those who received a felony conviction before felony realignment sentencing provisions went into effect in 2011 via AB 109. Continue reading

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