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
A recent decision by a California appellate court has created an extraordinary opportunity for those convicted of violating Penal Code section 288(a) to terminate their requirement to register pursuant to Penal Code section 290. While it is unknown how long this opportunity will last, the ruling is welcome news for those whose lives are negatively impacted by the registration requirement imposed on 288(a) offenders in 1997. Continue reading
RecordGone.com, a division of Higbee and Associates, is offering a new service that removes an individual’s personal information from over 30 of the most popular websites that are used by employers, co-workers, friends, and neighbors to run background checks. The Background Check Removal (BCR) service removes a person’s criminal record as well as other personal, private information contained in these databases. BCR is available to RecordGone’s previous clients, current clients, and non-clients.
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
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