Does a Failed Drug Test Show Up on Your Record?

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), doctors and medical practitioners can only share your medical information/ Personal Health Information on a need-to-know basis and in a way that is secure and protects your privacy. In other words, a failed drug test is not a public record unless the test led to a … Read more

How to Check if Your Record Has Been Expunged

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The quickest and easiest way to find out if your record has been expunged is to visit the court where your case was held and ask to see the records. You know that your record is clean if the court does not have your records or if it approves your request. The question is, who … Read more

Can a Convicted Felon Run for President?

Yes, a convicted felon can run for president in the United States of America. The U.S. Constitution does not prevent a felon from running for the office of the President. What becomes interesting is whether they are able to handle the political fallout of running from or after spending time in prison, although this has … Read more

Can I Sue Someone for Recording Me on Private or Public Property?

Under state and federal law, it is legal to film anyone who does not have a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” In public spaces, you do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Quick take: Only 16 states have specific video surveillance statutes. Typically the audio recording laws are much stricter than video recording. It is … Read more

How Long is a Life Sentence? State by State Overview

A life sentence can be misleading as it does not mean that the convicted criminal will be incarcerated for the rest of that person’s natural life. More often than not, it is a regular prison sentence that comes with the possibility of parole after a certain amount of years. State law dictates the length of … Read more

How to Look up Old Murders: Can Anyone Look at Old Case Files?

Old murder (cold) case files are public records in the US, meaning anyone can view them through a simple request. You may submit a request at the local courthouse or local law enforcement headquarters. Note: Arrest reports and crime and incident reports are not public records in some states. You may need a court order … Read more

Can I get a passport with a criminal record in Australia?

Reportable Offenders in Australia cannot travel outside the country without special permission. However, if you were convicted of non-reportable offenses and have completed your sentence, nothing is stopping you from getting a passport and leaving the country. Quick Take: Responsible Authority is the secretary to the department of foreign affairs and trade of the Commonwealth … Read more

CPS Case Laws: How long does a CPS (Child Protective Services) conviction stay on your record?

The work of CPS (Child Protective Services) is to investigate child abuse and neglect. Because of that, a CPS case conviction for child abuse or neglect will stay on your record for ten years after the youngest child in the report turns eighteen. Some records are permanent. Quick take: Parents have the option to choose … Read more

Traveling With a Criminal Record: Are felons allowed to travel outside Canada?

Canadian law does not prohibit felons from getting a passport, what is problematic is traveling outside the country with a criminal record. For convicts: You will need a Form I-192 to enter the United States or a waiver from the country you intend to travel to. Record suspension removes your criminal record from police database … Read more

Weird Christmas Laws From Around The World

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Was Christmas Illegal in the United States in the 17th century? Did the United Kingdom make it so that Santa couldn’t drive a car (much less his sleigh!)? Learn about all this and more with these weird and wacky laws from around the world. Some quick things to note before we get started Stay far … Read more