Expunging Criminal Records & Background Checks

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CLE Credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This presentation will focus on the collateral consequences of having a criminal record, with special focus on two main areas: criminal records and background checks, and the right to possess firearms. Information presented will be on a national scope rather than state specific.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Background Checks
•   Clearing Criminal History
•   Federal Firearms Prohibitions
•   Restoration of Federal Firearms Rights

Date / Time: May 15, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: June 11, 2018

Kelly J. Keegan, Esq. is a partner/shareholder at Brandt Criminal Defense and has been with the firm since its inception in 2005. In that time she has been lead defense counsel on hundreds of cases of all types and levels, ranging from serious felonies to minor traffic offenses. Additionally, Kelly handles post-conviction matters such as expungement, probation violations, reinstatement of the right to possess firearms, and sentence modification motions. She has represented clients under investigation prior to being formally charged, as well as clients facing grand jury indictment. Kelly is admitted to practice in Minnesota State Court as well as Federal United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. She enjoys working in the courtroom and has obtained excellent results for clients, including dismissal of charges, suppression of evidence, and acquittal by felony jury.

Kelly is an executive board member of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a group of prominent defense attorneys throughout the State of Minnesota who work to impact policy and legislation on behalf of criminal defendants. In that role she has testified before Minnesota State Senate and Minnesota State House of Representatives Committees at the Minnesota State Capitol on legislative initiatives impacting crime and public safety. She has been extremely active in working to reform expungement law in Minnesota.

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Section I. Collateral Consequences: Why These Topics are Relevant
a) Criminal records in the digital age
b) Firearms restrictions

Section II. Background Checks and Data Harvesting
a) How and when background checks are conducted
b) Federal regulations on background checks
c) Remedies for inaccurate or incomplete information

Section III. Efforts to Restore a Clean Criminal History
a) Ban the Box
b) Expungement
        i. Overview of states
        ii. Federal cases
        iii. Practice tips
c) Certificates of rehabilitation and good conduct
d) Employer incentives and immunity laws
e) Clean up of records after expungement
f) Mugshots.com
g) Media coverage

Section IV. Federal Firearms Prohibitions
a) Domestic assaults
b) Felonies
c) Mental health

Section V. Restoration of Federal Firearms Rights
a) Expungement
b) Pardon
c) State restoration of rights
d) The Voluntary Appeal File (VAF) process