Any infraction of the law, regardless of how minor, can have far-reaching consequences in your life. If you do something that earns you a misdemeanor, you need to understand how that may affect you going forward.
Although the United States does not have a federal law like the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there are plenty of state laws and compliance regulations that guide businesses and individuals to handle data and personal privacy.
If you wanted to find out about a total stranger or someone you knew, you used to have to either visit dozens of government agencies and offices for public records or hire a private investigator to dig deep into someone's past for you.
Legalized marijuana is a controversial subject for many. States vary widely in their position on legalized marijuana, even for medicinal purposes.
If you have a job or business, you have probably heard about a non-disclosure agreement, but not everyone knows what they are and what they do.
These days our world is overrun with video devices, and you can't go anywhere without electronic eyes following your every move.
Everyone has heard the word warrant, and most of us understand what an arrest warrant is, but did you know that there are other types too, and some can show up in a background check?
My name is Elizabeth A. Braatz. I am currently a junior at Western Oregon University where I am majoring in Criminal Justice (CJ) with a minor in Legal Studies.
Public records laws are in place to ensure that the public has access to all forms of government and how they operate. However, these laws vary quite a bit and can be confusing, especially if you are trying to locate public records.
Many states allow your criminal record to show up in public records. Total strangers, family, and friends could have immediate access to it at any time.