U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Gun Ban Case

The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear a case that will define the scope of the Lautenberg Amendment, a federal law that prohibits individuals convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from possessing a firearm. Federal law makes it a crime for any person convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” to possess a firearm. The phrase “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” is defined to include any federal, state, or tribal misdemeanor offense, committed by a person with a specified domestic relationship to the victim, that “has, as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon.”
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Google and the Credit Card Companies Attempt to Kill the Mug Shot Extortion Industry

Google has updated their algorithm to prevent mug shot websites from appearing at the top of their search results, and credit card companies and payment providers are investigating the business practices of websites that publish arrest photos and extort money from individuals desperate to get them removed. Continue reading

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Expungement Bill Unanimously Passed by Pennsylvania State Senate

Pennsylvania is one step closer to being the next state to have updated expungement laws, thanks to the unanimous vote from the Pennsylvania Senate that passed Senate Bill 391 earlier today. SB 391 would amend Pennsylvania’s existing expungement law so that qualified offenders with low-level misdemeanor convictions can expunge their conviction after proving that they are rehabilitated and by satisfying the necessary statutory waiting period. Continue reading

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Goodbye Mugshots.com: Google Leads Mugshot Industry Takedown, Others Follow

Higbee & Associates would like to update you on some exciting news regarding the mugshot industry. Finally, it looks as if the nation is realizing the irreversible damage that these despicable mugshot pages can inflict on people’s lives. Continue reading

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Addition to California Law Permits Applicants to Waive Statutory Minimum Period of Rehabilitation

A bill signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown will reduce the waiting period for those looking to receive a Certificate of Rehabilitation. The law is welcome news for many former offenders who hope to receive a Certificate, which will make it easier for them to fully reintegrate into society. Continue reading

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