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Top Holidays for DUI Arrests

DUIs are a common problem during the holiday season for many licensed professionals. Don’t let lockdowns and stay-at-home orders fool you.  There are still drunk drivers on the road.  There may be fewer cars on the road, but it is still a concern. Just recently, a young woman is accused of causing a deadly accident
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Case Study: Expunging Criminal Records for California Nurse

Many of our clients come to us at Unlock Legal because they have one pressing issue that needs to be resolved. Then they move on with their lives and their career as licensed professionals in California. But sometimes, we have clients who need our help for various reasons – all stemming from one criminal conviction
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Why You Need a Criminal Defense and Professional License Defense Attorney

Criminal Defense and Professional License Defense Attorney

If you crash your car, your mechanic is not going to handle both your insurance claim and the repair work. So if you’re a licensed professional who is accused of a crime, why are you going to call a criminal defense attorney to fight the crime and the licensing board hearing? Unlock Legal, an Orange
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Applicants & Licensees – I’ve Been Convicted

As is set forth by the DRE, once DRE is certain that an applicant or licensee has been convicted of a crime that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a real estate licensee, and the time for appeal has elapsed or the judgment of conviction has been affirmed on appeal, DRE
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Applicants: Application Automatically Denied Due to Criminal Record?

Applicants: Application Automatically Denied Due to Criminal Record? As is set forth by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE), DRE may deny the issuance of a license to an applicant if he or she has been convicted of a substantially related crime. The same applies to the issuance of a license to a corporation,
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Applicants: Will DRE Screen Criminal Records?

If you are an individual with a checkered past, you should know the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) screens real estate license applicants for criminal records prior to licensure. As is set forth by the DRE here prior to the issuance of a real estate license, DRE conducts a detailed background investigation check on
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Can A Licensee in Prison Have an Active Real Estate License?

Licensee: Why would someone who has been convicted of a crime and is actually serving their sentence in prison still have an active real estate license? As is set forth by the California Department of Real Estate (DRE), with the exception of the DRE automatically suspending a license during the period of incarceration after conviction
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Applicants: Do I Disclose Prior Criminal Activity/License Discipline?  

As is set forth by the California Bureau of Real Estate, an applicant for a real estate license is required to fully disclose any misdemeanor or felony criminal conviction(s). Additionally, an applicant must disclose if he/she has ever had a license in California or any other State denied, suspended, restricted, or revoked, along with any
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Police Brutality and Excessive Force

Over the last two years, police brutality appears to be at the forefront of so many issues. Do the police have too much power? Are officers trained adequately? How can people, especially those of minority, avoid potentially fatal police confrontation? Perhaps the craziest question is the one about why we even need to ask those
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Parole

After incarceration, the justice system can perform what it considers to be an act of grace, rather than a right, in allowing a prisoner to be released on parole. However, parole is the perfect example of a word everyone knows, but few outside of the system understand. Because of this view of parole as a
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