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Expunging or Sealing an Adult Criminal Record

Expunging or Sealing an Adult Criminal Record

by: Paul Bergman   You may be able to seal arrest or conviction records. Here’s how. A criminal record can create difficult downstream consequences whether you (or your child) was arrested or convicted (or both). For example, employers and landlords commonly ask job applicants and apartment seekers whether they have ever been convicted of (or perhaps even arrested […]

White Collar or Blue? Differences in Criminal Law

White Collar or Blue? Differences in Criminal Law

by Stacy Aspen   (U.S. Criminal Law and generally) The distinction between white collar and blue collar crime is an important one for police and for criminologists; in seeking to develop initiatives to prevent crime, society must understand how criminals operate. The legal system rarely makes distinctions between blue and white collar crime; in fact, colors […]

Is It Worth It To Risk Court?

Is It Worth It To Risk Court?

  Before Bernie Madoff, white collar crime drifted high above the clouds of public consciousness. Pyramid and ponzi schemes occurred, but ruffled few feathers. Most people simply had no reason, and lacked the desire, to take the time to understand them.     The Madoff scandal came at an especially sensitive time for the country. […]

Don’t Let Your Record Hold You Back

Don’t Let Your Record Hold You Back

A criminal record can create difficult downstream consequences whether you (or your child) was arrested or convicted (or both). For example, employers and landlords commonly ask job applicants and apartment seekers whether they have ever been convicted of (or perhaps even arrested for) a criminal offense. Employers might not hire — and landlords might not rent to — people who answer “yes” to these questions. The good news is that, in some cases, you may be able to get an arrest or conviction expunged from your record.