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Congress Introduces Legislation to Expunge Marijuana Record

The Harnessing Opportunities by Pursuing Expungement (HOPE) Act was introduced in Congress on December 2, 2021, to encourage local and state governments to expunge the criminal records of tens of millions of people who have previously been convicted of marijuana-related crimes. Led by Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Dave Joyce (R-OH), the bill provides $20 million in cash assistance for…

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The Damage Associated with Making Mugshots Public

After a person is arrested in most states, the police department or county jail may post the mugshot photo online or otherwise make them available to the public. However, this practice can do more harm than good. Mugshots often show people in their worst state, whether they are red-eyed from crying, appear visibly intoxicated, or have cuts and bruises on…

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New Jersey Marijuana Cases Expungements

New Jersey Courts Automatically Expunge Over 360,000 Marijuana Convictions Hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans have had their criminal records cleared of low-level marijuana and hashish offenses. According to a press release issued by the New Jersey Courts, about 362,000 people convicted of certain crimes were eligible for automatic expungement under the state’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law, which went into effect…

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Infrastructure Bill Seeks a Drunk Driver Monitoring System & Other Vehicle Safety Measures

The U.S. Senate voted UP on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill aimed at repairing the country’s roadways and bridges, improving the electrical grid, and providing rural communities with high-speed Internet, and instituting several eco-friendly measures. However, contained within the 2,702-page plan, there are several consumer safety provisions, such as keeping drunk drivers off the road and preventing hot car…

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Which Types of Fireworks Are Legal in Florida?

Independence Day is a pyromaniac’s Christmas in July, especially since a 2020 law in Florida legalizes the purchase and use of pretty much all fireworks on three designated holidays: July 4, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Yes, that means that if it shoots up into the air and creates a spectacle when it explodes, you can legally purchase…

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Can I Have My Mugshot Removed from the Internet?

While plenty of people probably enjoy seeing celebrity mugshots on tabloid covers, the fact is that it can be incredibly embarrassing for the person in question. Mugshots are public information, so even if you are just a regular person trying to leave the past behind you, chances are that you do not want your mugshot out there on the internet.…

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Traffic Violations – and Nonprofit Funding – on a Decline During the Pandemic

Less Traffic Tickets Means Less Funding for Florida Nonprofits As coronavirus cases started to rise across the country, government officials and health professionals urged people everywhere to limit unnecessary travel and stay home when possible. Americans heeded these warnings, and Florida drivers committed fewer traffic violations because of it. However, while safer roads are a welcome benefit, it comes at…

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Speeding Incidents Are on the Rise

Florida Is Experiencing an Increase in Super Speeder Violations Health officials have instructed families across the nation to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel. Floridians have respected these directions, leaving once bustling roadways nearly vacant. The absence of traffic, while resulting in an overall decline in tickets issued, has paved the way for a significant rise in cases of speeding.…

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Day Drinking DUIs

Drunk driving is treated as a serious offense in Florida and, in a state that offers such beautiful weather and a bevy of hot spots dedicated to getting the party started early, day drinking is often a problem. The penalties for a DUI conviction can be steep, even for a first-time offender, so it is crucial to hire an attorney…

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