Monthly Archives: August 2011

Licensed Contractors – Find One or Become One

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Are you looking for a registered general contractor?  Do you want to verify that a contractor is licensed with the State?  Do you want to get your own contractors’ license?  Or, do you have your contractors’ license but need to renew it?

There are a number of States that offer a variety of contractor related services such as online license searches, online license applications and online renewals.  Some States even offer online searches of contractor disciplinary actions. 

On Alabama’s General Contractors’ “License Roster Search,” you can access detailed information about each licensed contractor using the license number … Read More

Keep Traffic Tickets Off Your Record

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The fine and court costs for a traffic offense are not the only expenses. Most drivers are aware that a traffic ticket can affect auto insurance rates. More tickets can mean even higher rates, and too many tickets can even lead to cancellation of a policy. Depending on where the ticket was issued, it might be possible to keep it off your record by attending traffic school. You’ll still have to pay the fine and court costs, plus the additional costs of the school, but you may still come out ahead in the long run if your insurance rates stay … Read More

Locate Inmate Records Online

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Searching for inmate records used to be difficult and time consuming, but thanks to the advancement of Internet technology, it is now much quicker and easier. Most state prisons and many county jails provide an active inmate database to the public where you can search for inmates by name. You can obtain information such as offender name, incarceration date, offense, current location, projected release date, and sometimes even a mugshot. The information available is generally for current inmates only, but in some areas, past inmate records may also be available.

For example, in Stearns County, Minnesota, you can find past Read More

The Limits of Expungement

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In the American legal system, “expungement” of criminal records generally refers to the process by which the subject of a previous arrest or conviction seeks to have their criminal record either sealed or destroyed, thereby making it generally unavailable for public perusal.  An arrest or conviction on record can make it difficult to obtain housing, employment and eduction; expungement can therefore be invaluable to those wishing to turn their lives around after a criminal past.

Almost every state offers a chance for certain offenders to obtain an expungement.  The criteria for obtaining an expungement vary by jurisdiction, but … Read More