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California’s 1170 Felony Realignment Expungement Law

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill 651, which fills a critical gap in California’s expungement law. Under the new law, codified as Penal Code Section 1203.41, individuals sentenced under Felony Realignment, Penal Code Section 1170(h)(5), may be eligible to expunge the felony conviction from their criminal record. Continue reading

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New Jersey’s New Conditional Dismissal Program

On January 4, 2014, a New Jersey law that establishes a conditional dismissal program in the Municipal Courts for first-time offenders charged with certain disorderly persons offenses goes into effect. A defendant who successfully completes this program will be eligible to expunge his or her record six months after the case is dismissed. The conditional dismissal program will supplement New Jersey’s existing diversion programs, which include pre-trial intervention (PTI) for certain indictable offenses in the Superior Court and conditional discharge for certain disorderly persons drug offenses in the municipal court. Continue reading

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Minnesota Legislature Looking to Improve Expungement Law

There is a group of Minnesota House Members and Senators that have come together to form the Expungement Working Group. On Tuesday, they had their third meeting in three months, and at this meeting lawmakers heard public testimony on the current issues surrounding expungement law. Much of the testimony focused on the effect a criminal record has on a prior offender’s ability to secure employment and the changes that must be made to the expungement law to remedy this problem. The current law only expunges the judicial records. Continue reading

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Mugshots.com Miscontrues Ruling In Class Action Lawsuit

A leading mugshot publisher is misinterpreting a recent U.S. District Court decision to provide constitutional protection for their extortion-based business model, when in reality the case does nothing of the sort. The real takeaway from the case is that to get these extortionists, who try to hide their identity, into court, is much easier than some would think. Continue reading

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Mugshot Sites That Charge for Removal Should be Sued Under RICO

Any one of the tens of thousands of people who are being adversely affected by parasitic mug shot websites can use a powerful federal law, originally used to prosecute the Mafia, to bring down the entire mug shot website industry. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) enables private individuals to file a civil suit against those who engage in a wide-range of crimes, including extortion and wire fraud.The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in mug shot publishing sites. These sites differ from the government and newspaper websites that have a genuine First Amendment purpose for publishing the images. Continue reading

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