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New Jersey Dramatically Reduces Waiting Period for Expungement

Governor Chris Christie signed a package of bills that will build on New Jersey’s continuing efforts of providing post conviction relief to its rehabilitated residents. The highlight of these three bills is the reduction of the current waiting period for indictable (felony) convictions from 10 years to 6 years. Continue reading

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Florida House Bill 903 Filed to Restore Floridian Constitutional Rights

On December 6, 2017 State Representative Cord Byrd of Florida pre-filed a bill that aims to restore all Constitutional rights, including the ability to vote, to sit on a jury, and to exercise Second Amendment rights. Continue reading

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California Senate Bill 393: Opening the door for millions of Californians to obtain record sealings

The recently passed Senate Bill 393 (SB393) will make record sealings available to millions of individuals who have been arrested in California and who were not convicted of the offense for which the arrest was based. Continue reading

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How to Expunge a Marijuana Conviction Under California Prop 64

The passing of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, both legalizes marijuana for recreational use and also creates a system of taxation on marijuana. Prop 64 serves an even more important purpose by allowing minor drug offenders to reenter into the workforce and general population by clearing their marijuana related criminal records. Many people who will benefit from Prop 64 have been marginalized for many years based upon extremely minor offenses which used to come with a very harsh punishment. Continue reading

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Indiana Appeals Court: Trial Judges Have No Discretion in Certain Expungements

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled today that judges do not have discretion to deny a valid petition for expungement of a low-level felony or misdemeanor conviction. The appellate court held that the use of the word “shall” from Indiana’s 2013 expungement law change prevents judges from exercising discretion in deciding these expungement requests. Continue reading

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