Sunday, September 5, 2010

IS YOUR LIFE AN OPEN BOOK? WHAT ARE PUBLIC RECORDS AND HOW IT CAN AFFECT YOU?

In the event of a publicised, ongoing investigation, there is a great likelihood, that we will hear the various journalists and media personnel talk about 'Public Records'. From the name and its connotation, it is quite likely that many of us have wondered what these public records are and wondered if perhaps, our lives and everything that concerns it is possibly open to public access. If that is the case, then knowing what these public records are, and finding out its extent and limits can put those worries to rest. In every state, County, and country, there are rules governing the kind and amount of information that is open to the public.

 

WHAT ARE PUBLIC RECORDS?

 

These are government acquired and compiled information. They could be in form of video, e-mail, mail or any type of media which is retrieved by the government while performing its official business. Some transaction, such as preliminary drafts, however, are destroyed.

 

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law which grants the public the right to access government records. In a case where you happen to have an arrest record that did not end in a conviction, it is good to ensure online, that the records do not exist any longer. To do this, you can conduct a police records search and if you don't think the records are for public access, you can check at your local court clerk office or visit a legal advisor for assistance.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

CRIMINAL RECORDS CAN AFFECT YOUR LIFESTYLE AND MAKE LIFE DIFFICULT

As the beginning of a famous saying goes, "To err is human". As human beings, we are prone to mistakes and at times, those mistakes turn out to be illegal and then we find ourselves on the wrong side of the law. With a good lawyer, we can attempt to get out of this bind and in some cases, even succeed. In other cases, however, no matter how good the lawyer is, or how good your luck is, a conviction is just inevitable. When that happens, you automatically have a criminal record for the rest of your time on earth. These records can affect you in different ways. To further buttress this point, we will take a look at a few ways in which a criminal record can affect you.

To start off, your ability to make and earn a decent living when you regain your freedom is greatly hampered. Many employers can deny you employment primarily on the basis of your criminal record. It is not uncommon to meet an employer who actually cares about the details of the events that led to you having a criminal record. But that being said, there are companies with zero tolerance for convictions of any kind with the exception of some small traffic or perhaps drug possession crimes. When it comes to companies like this, a criminal record equals no job.

 

Renting an apartment can be a hassle sometimes. There are states where rental agencies are allowed to perform background checks on potential tenants. The appearance of a criminal record can be used as a basis for denying you rental of an apartment. While these laws are not overly common, in some larger cities and Conservative states, they can be observed. Going by this, it means, even if you do get a job, your criminal record from years ago, can prevent you from getting an apartment to help you change location because of the job.