Lots of folks have a pretty positive vision of the future of humanity–so long has technology is there to save us. Some people would even go so far as to claim that all human progress stems from technological advancements. After all, where would we be if someone way back when didn’t figure out how to start a fire?
Technology certainly has its advantages, and I’m a big fan. Yes, I will buy the latest iPhone at some ridiculous price, because I love it. But, I’m not so diluted as to think that the world is, somehow, a much better place because of it. Maybe. Maybe not. A hammer, for example, can be used to build someone a house, or crush someone’s skull (gratuitously graphic, sorry). Having more tools doesn’t, necessarily, make the world a better place. Because technology is only a tool, the world may not be much of a better place unless we all use our tools to benefit others.
One thing is certain: technology is bad for folks with criminal records. Fifty years ago, it was tough to track down some misdemeanor petit theft from Walmart. Now, criminal arrest records are visible within hours of the incident. One way to fix this problem is to seal or expunge the arrest.
Today’s case involves one man’s quest to have his criminal history sealed forever. To understand what went wrong, we have to dig deep into what it takes to get a record sealed or expunged (sealing and expunging are virtually the same thing, more on that some other time). Continue Reading