December 16, 2015
Never has a group of professionals worked so tirelessly for the common good and received little, if any credit, like the public defender. Facing budget cuts to the point where attorneys have caseloads that are 10 times the allowed amount, giving only 7 minutes a case, it sometimes seems impossible that justice is ever doled out in our courts.
December 4, 2015
The push to ensure pedophiles, rapists, and violent sexual offenders are kept away from children has caught some unlikely people in its web. Homosexuals, teenage lovers, and pranksters have all faced years of their lives with the scarlet letter of registered sex offender status. Thankfully, there is a way to remove yourself if the crime you were convicted for is no longer on the books.
November 29, 2015
With the way in which criminal records are available online - as well as mugshots - it is very important to know who can see what. Perhaps even more important is to know what you can do about it. Managing your criminal record, whether through sealing, expunging, or otherwise Expealing it, will make all the difference in the world for a person.
October 18, 2015
The War on Drugs and the Tough on Crime movement is directly responsible for most of the mandatory minimums judges are forced to follow today. Supporters of the new laws theorized that the harsh penalties would convince criminals not to act. The plan backfired drastically, causing society untold harm.
December 14, 2015
Arizona's booking policy had issues for the last 7-8 years, but if the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission's new set of procedures go statewide, situations like we have now won't happen again. Dozens of first-offenders in Arizona have spent time in jail or prison and been released with no criminal record whatsoever.
December 3, 2015
Keith Wood was charged with a felony for obstructing justice and a misdemeanor for tampering with a jury all because he was passing out flyers that told you what we are about to tell you - a jury can nullify a law, rendering it ineffective. Learn more about jury nullification.
November 25, 2015
Non-citizens who are convicted of crimes face a daunting set of penalties, including deportation. However, for those who are not convicted or convicted of a charge that is not deportable, then the same issues faced by citizens, if not worse. If you thought it was tough to get a job without being a citizen, it is even harder with a criminal record.
September 8, 2015
As various governments increase spending, economies change, and tax revenues fluctuate, municipalities have begun to look to 'alternative' measures to balance their budgets. Some of those politicians and officers, like those in Ferguson, Missouri, have literally begun to put people who don't pay in jail.
January 14, 2016
The Supreme Court of the United States knocked down Florida's current system set in place for issuing death penalty sentences. While it may not save the petitioner's life, it will change the system for the future.
December 10, 2015
It is no secret that tensions run high in a courtroom. It is also human nature to develop bonds with and grudges for the people you see day-to-day. If those people have certain beliefs and get along with you, you'll like them. If not, you may end up having a relationship like this Broward County judge and public defender.
Without a doubt, the question we are most often asked is whether or not an arrest creates a criminal record. The unfortunate fact is that it most likely does. Very few states automatically expunge an arrest record. For the states that don't, you will have to go through the same Expeal process - with a few tweaks.
November 24, 2015
What exactly does expunging or sealing a criminal record actually mean? What about restricting a record or getting a pardon? Every state has a different procedure in place, even if they use the same words as other states. Becoming familiar with the meanings behind these terms helps you know what to expect in your case.
August 13, 2015
One of the places where money matters the most is the period of time between arrest and trial. If you want to see how the rich and poor are treated differently, take a look at who is able to get out before trial and who has to sit in jail, regardless of what that means for their financial ability to defend themselves.