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Can I Get a Contractor’s License with a Criminal Record?

Are you considering becoming a general contractor, but worried about whether your criminal record will prevent you from getting your contractor’s license? You’re not alone. Let’s say you’ve been working as a handyman for a while now, and you want to take that next step to get licensed so you can start making really good money. You want to be able to take on the big jobs and further your career. You’re willing to go through the classes necessary and […]

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What Are the Background Check Requirements for a Real Estate License?

Are you thinking about a career in real estate, but wondering what the background check requirements are for a real estate license? If you’re considering starting a new career as a real estate agent, a real estate broker, a mortgage lender, a property manager, a leasing agent, or a property appraiser, you’ll need to get your real estate license. The California Department of Real Estate (DRE) sets criteria for licensing. You will have to complete the education requirements, fill out […]

Can I Expunge My Own Record?

Absolutely. Is it easy? Not really. If you’re really crunched for money, though, you can try to expunge your own record. Here’s what it takes: You have to evaluate whether your type of conviction qualifies for expungement. There are certain limitations on which convictions are eligible for expungement. (You can read them here and here.) You have to know your criminal history really well (including arrests, infractions, and driving violations), or pull a background check on yourself. You have to […]

The Ban the Box Law Means I Don’t Need an Expungement, Right? Wrong.

You may have heard about the “ban the box” law that was passed by the California State Legislature in January 2018. That law prohibits employers from asking job applicants whether they have ever been convicted of a crime. So that means that employers aren’t allowed to discriminate against you because of an old conviction, right? Nope. The “ban the box” law was introduced as Assembly Bill 1008, and is now codified as Government Code § 12952. The goal of the […]