April 22, 2018
The process to restore a former felon's voting rights has long been decried as onerous and unfair. A federal judge agreed, ruling the entire process was not only full of prejudice, but completely unconstitutional. This ruling and an amendment to automatically restore felon's rights are shaking up Florida politics.
August 29, 2016
In an effort to bring real change to the way in which Florida treats people with criminal records, Expeal is hosting a free expungement and voter registration fair. Not only will Expeal help clear records, but we will also register people to vote in the upcoming elections.
June 20, 2016
Wichita kids are being given a second chance by Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters with free expungement services in July. For those who qualify, they will not only get their records cleared, but they'll get it done for free and with the help of lawyers working under a Department of Labor grant.
June 9, 2016
Even though more than 31 states made it easier to erase your criminal record, whether by sealing or expunging it, most Americans that qualify still don't go through with the process. A lot of people simply don't know you can clear your record, but a good number of others can't afford it.
March 11, 2016
California state legislators made a move in 2014 to help Californians obtain a fresh start and a clean record when they passed Proposition 47. Santa Cruz County alone has over 11,000 people that qualify. This country was built on giving people a chance and that's exactly what this law does.
January 29, 2016
Missouri legislators have tried to make some moves towards changing expungement laws, but haven't had much success. While many want to expand the legislation to include a large number of other charges, nothing will ever go through without public support - because the political will is weak.
January 25, 2016
Acting on promises he previously made, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie included bill A206 among the dozens of new bills he signed into law. A206 cuts expungement waiting times in half while also expanding the process of automatic expungement to drug court graduates, among other updates.
January 20, 2016
Some say it's about second chances, while others claim it unfairly hides the past. HB40, a bill that would help some ex-cons with Class D felonies expunge their records and get a fresh start in Kentucky, took a big step, passing in the State House of Representatives.
January 15, 2016
As the world's largest startup, one that is valued at more than a billion dollars, Uber has a bit of sway. That is why it is good news that Prop 47 has forced its hand in California, helping non-violent ex-cons improve their chances at getting jobs as drivers in the Bay Area.
A man beats the incumbent in an election. The incumbent complains to the District Attorney, pointing out that the victor had felony convictions 23 years ago. The DA thinks it is unfair, but has to uphold the law and bars the candidate from taking his seat. Politics.
December 21, 2015
In a move that will hopefully start a trend, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting the process for obtaining a youthful pardon into overdrive. By actively seeking out qualified individuals, thousands of New Yorkers will get the second chance they've earned after all these years.
December 2, 2015
Owning firearms is a quintessential part of American culture. There are more guns owned in the United States than anywhere else in the world, without question - even after taking into account a margin for error. A criminal record means your right to own one will be impacted. We explain how.
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.
February 25, 2017
Your digital footprint is made up of your public records, third-party content, and your social media profiles. Using our guide, Expeal, and RecordSweeper, together, you'll be able to create a pristine and professional online reputation, helping you get a better job, housing, and other life opportunities.
July 28, 2016
Joining pro-business groups in Kentucky, Florida TaxWatch has come forward to suggest ways in which the state can improve re-entry efforts, part of which includes an alternative to the sealing and expungement system in place right now - a Certificate of Rehabilitation.
April 18, 2016
While Florida seems like it is friendly because of the fact a large number of misdemeanors and felonies qualify - it comes with a very strict catch. You can never have had a conviction for any criminal offense in your entire life and you can only seal or expunge one record in your entire life. Don't get caught off guard.
March 10, 2016
Broome County has gone a long way to make sure drug addiction is treated as the health problem it is. By providing for Drug Court as an alternative to jail or prison for those who are not registered sex offenders, violent criminal, or drug dealers but are convicted for drug-related charges. Successful completion can even result in dismissal.
January 28, 2016
Though the legislators tried to make it easy, they could have probably done a better job. One of the more expansive laws is in Illinois - but it is also one of the harder ones to understand. Our Expeal Quick Guide gives you the breakdown necessary to actually use it to seal or expunge your record.
January 23, 2016
For an overview of what it takes to seal or expunge your record in Florida, nothing beats an Expeal Quick Guide. As one of the best states in terms of providing free resources, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and our summary will make the process easy.
January 20, 2016
You would think that in a fair and just system, it would be an easy process to expunge criminal charges that resulted from identity theft. You would think wrong if you live in New Mexico. After a nearly 7 year battle, one man is helping others after his own struggle.
January 13, 2016
Florida moves in line with the current trend towards real and true criminal justice reform by trying to make it easier for juvenile offenders to actually start their lives. By allowing minors to expunge their record sooner than currently allowed, real obstacles are removed.
January 7, 2016
Patience has paid off for Kentucky's residents as bi-partisan support has built for a new expungement law, one that will allow people convicted of Class D felonies to qualify for Expeal. On top of misdemeanors, over 94,000 people will qualify.
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.
A New Hampshire Supreme Court ruling from February found that the lifetime registration requirements for a man found guilty of a sex crime 7 years before the registry was created is unconstitutional. Rather than invalidate these requirements from 850 affected, the Supreme Court asked either the legislative or executive branches to put in place a system for hearings to be removed from the list entirely.
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.
January 28, 2017
For the fifth year in a row, a Florida State Senator has introduced a bill that will require mug shot publishing websites to remove the photos of those who opt out, and to do so without any fee. Additionally, CS/SB 118 expands the types of charges that can be expunged right away. It will need the support of the public if it is going to pass this time.
June 20, 2016
York County Juvenile Probation has a program that helps first-time juvenile offenders leave the judicial system with a community-centered support network, a clear criminal record, and automatic expungement of their name from arrest records - and now they need your help.
March 16, 2016
After hearing their constituents' voices loud and clear, the Missouri State Legislature makes the necessary moves to expand their criminal record expungement law. With the support of citizens and prosecutors alike, non-violent low-misdemeanors will potentially qualify to be expunged.
February 1, 2016
"They got arrested, fingerprinted, booked, had his picture [taken] ... and had to go to rehabilitation. They're five-years-old. So, then, when he went to get a job when he was an adult, they said, 'well, do you realize you have a police record?' Then, he said, 'does it say on there that I was five?'"
January 27, 2016
With one of the broadest - and most confusing - laws in the country, there are a variety of ways to qualify to seal or expunge your record in Illinois. It is also unique in that it allows a number of felony convictions to be sealed from your record. Learn about whether or not you qualify.
January 22, 2016
Missouri is one of the more restrictive states when it comes to expunging criminal records. They allow you to expunge convictions, but the list is only 12 charges long. It also has a unique quirk in that you can expunge as many charges as qualify, but you can only do it once per court in your entire life.
January 18, 2016
While Ohio's public definitely has expressed interest in reforming their marijuana laws, how they do that has not yet been settled. Even though a proposed bill that would expunge old pot charges has been withdrawn, the state itself has established a Task Force that should bring that desired change.
January 12, 2016
Criminal justice reform has hit a headline moment with Republican Presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie moving forward with proposed changes to bills establishing a new re-entry program along with changes to streamline the expungement process.
January 6, 2016
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is doing something most politicians don't do - keeping his campaign promises. Having made re-entry of those with criminal records a cornerstone of his election campaign, he is following up 2015's expansion of qualifying charges with yet another round.
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.
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.