Friday, October 31, 2014
With the ever-increasing costs of higher education, many students have no choice but to apply for student loans and other types of financial assistance. If you are accused of a crime or have suffered a criminal conviction you may still be eligible for student loans. Some types of criminal convictions such as a drug offense or sexual misconduct conviction can limit a student’s ability to obtain a loan or other student aid.
The Federal Student Aid, an operational arm of the United States Department of Education, outlined the complications that a convicted student will face even after being discharged from prison or jail:
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
An “Expungement” under California Penal Code section 1203.4 makes exceptions for professional licensing, law enforcement and working for the lottery. To those agencies, the conviction and fact that it was dismissed pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4 must be disclosed.
In general, an expungement seals the record of an arrest or a conviction from public record; thus, the person does not need to list the event on public documents unless specifically asked to do so by authorities. This makes the process an attractive option for those embroiled in DUI/DWI cases, particularly if they have no previous criminal records. Without an expungement, a conviction can make it difficult for one to seek employment, apply for further education in a university, or adopt a child.