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A Quick Post About Expungements and Sealings: READ

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After people are done sealing or expunging a criminal arrest record they are often perplexed why their record keeps showing up on background checks. The answer is always "those are private companies and they are not sent a copy of the order." Inevitably, my clients want to know how to remove their records from these private background check companies.
The answer use to be that you would have to pay someone to do this. However, I have just found out there is a non-profit law firm out there helping people do this for free.
The Foundation for Continuing Justice (FFCJ) is a privately funded, non-profit law firm dedicated to providing those with a criminal record, the opportunity to reenter and reintegrate into society as productive individuals. The Foundation has two areas of focus. First, providing free legal research to lawmakers looking to reform laws that govern the retention and distribution of criminal records. Second, providing innovative tools to help former offenders.

ARREST RECORDS: Dismissals, Adjudication Withheld, and Expungements

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The Haunting Record Of Arrest Many people believe that if their criminal case was dismissed or they had adjudication withheld they do not have an arrest record. Another common belief is if they did not go to jail they weren't arrested. These two misconceptions come back to haunt people everyday. The Courts may also be part of the problem. I hear too often from too many different people that they were told they did not have a record because they received a withhold. I Wasn't Arrested - Misconception #1 If you ever had to go to court to answer to a criminal charge you were arrested. This can be confusing because most of us believe being arrested means going to jail. This is not true. All criminal cases must start with an arrest. For many minor offenses you may not go to jail. You may simply be given a Notice to Appear [NOA]. A NOA directs you to appear before a court for an arraignment. The date you receive the NOA is your arrest date. The NOA is technically an arrest. My Case …

Felonies, LIO, and Your Client's Future

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Be Aware of Your Client's Future As criminal lawyers we try to do the best for our client. This means working out the best possible resolution to the case. We often are concerned about the penalties and how they will affect our client's life. What we often forget, though, is what effect the record will have on their life. "Great News! The Offer Is To Plea To A Misdemeanor" When representing defendants in felony cases we often think of an amendment to a misdemeanor as a victory. This is especially true the more serious the felony. Getting it knocked down to a misdemeanor means he or she won't lose rights, won't be a convicted felon, and won't have to deal with a scoresheet for sentencing.
Those are all great achievements however, just because you got the burglary of a dwelling knocked down to a simple trespass doesn't mean your client is "off the hook." The Hook That Is An Arrest Record An arrest record is just that - a record of arrests. Th…