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Washington Expands Eligibility for Vacating Past Convictions with HB 1041 “New Hope Act”

On July 28, 2019, HB 1041 went into effect and expanded opportunity for Washingtonians to vacate their criminal records. HB 1041, also known as the “New Hope Act,” will help a greater number of rehabilitated former offenders rejoin society and enjoy full access to economic opportunity. Continue reading

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Missouri Senate Bill Improves Expungement Law

Missouri Senate Bill 1 has been signed into law and will allow four additional offenses to be expunged under Missouri’s expungement statute that were not eligible for expungement previously. Continue reading

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Colorado Expands Record Sealing Law through HB 19-1275

On August 2nd, 2019, a new law will go into effect that will expand the availability of criminal record sealing relief for scores of previously ineligible Colorodans. Colorado is seeking to allow more people the opportunity to rejoin society and the workforce without carrying the stigma of a past conviction. Continue reading

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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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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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