New York Judge Grants Expungement of Federal Conviction

In an unprecedented move, a New York judge has granted the expungement of a woman’s federal conviction. The judge concluded that this case involved “extraordinary circumstances” that ultimately warranted expungement. Continue reading

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Texas Legislature Passes Senate Bill 1902 Expansion to Record Sealing Law

Senate Bill 1902 expands eligibility for an order of nondisclosure to include many one-time offenders with a misdemeanor conviction. The bill improves the state’s current expungement laws, but unfortunately for many deserving Texans with a single past conviction, the changes will only apply to offenses committed on or after September 1, 2015. Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal Article on Background Check Companies Reporting Expunged Records Quotes Attorney Mathew Higbee

A Wall Street Journal article entitled, “Fight Grows to Stop Expunged Criminal Records Living On in Background Checks,” features a quote by Founding Attorney Mathew Higbee. The article highlights the often-ignored issue of background check companies and websites that continue to report criminal case information following a court-ordered expungement or record sealing. Continue reading

Posted in General news | Leave a comment Attorneys Advocate for Assembly Bill 357 on Rights Restoration in Nevada

Attorneys Mathew Higbee and Paul Hecht provided research support for the creation and introduction of an important bill in the Nevada State Assembly that would allow for the restoration of civil rights for specified former offenders. The bill, Assembly Bill 357 (AB 357), was sponsored and introduced today in the Assembly Judiciary committee by Assemblywoman Michelle Fiore. Continue reading

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Ban the Box Law Now Effective in Illinois

A new Illinois law that went into effect January 1, 2015 and places restrictions on when a background check may be conducted, which is informally referred to as banning the box. Under the new law, employers will only be allowed to perform such a check if an applicant has been selected for an interview or if a job offer has been extended. Continue reading

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