Governor Chris Christie Announces Deal on Expungement Bills

Earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced three bills that aim to give former inmates a better chance at finding a job. This legislation deal is a product of Christie’s discussions with State Senator Sandra Cunningham, a long-time proponent of expungement. Last year, Christie signed a bill proposed by Cunningham, called the “ban the box” legislation, that prevents employers from asking about job applicants’ criminal history early on in the interview process. The newest legislation signed this month has strengthened the ban the box law to include language in the original bill for those who have had their records expunged. The second bill shortens the waiting time to expunge an entire juvenile record from five years to three years. Lastly, the third bill increases the number of offenses a person can get expunged from three to four. The bill also reduces the expungement eligibility waiting time from ten years to six years and allows for the expungement for possession of marijuana with the intent to sell up to one ounce.

Christie aims to give people a second chance with the trio of new bills. The governor stated that these bills “prevent a childhood or adolescent mistake from ruining someone’s future, while still ensuring there are appropriate consequences for unlawful behavior and lessons are learned.” Senator Cunningham explained that the goal of the new legislation is about “removing barriers for residents and helping them to overcome the obstacles that exist to finding employment, taking care of their families and setting their lives on the right path.”

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South Carolina sets up expungment workshop to help job seekers

Officials in South Carolina are setting up an expungement workshop in the area in order to help job seekers with criminal records gain a fresh start.

According to event officials, the main objective is to inform residents of the rules of expungements and pardons and it will take place at Tri-County Technical College.

All residents in Oconee, Pickens and Anderson Counties are invited to attend and representatives from the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services will be at the event to explain details and answer questions.

A pardon works to clear legal infractions so that a person can obtain certain licenses or secure certain jobs. An expungement works to clear a criminal record for all convictions received in the state of South Carolina.

If you are interested to learn more about how the expungement process works in the state of Texas, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter today.

Pittsburgh police place officers with criminal charges on ‘modified duty’

Officials with the Pittsburgh Police Department have stated that four or five of the officers will be place on ‘modified duty’ because they currently have criminal charges on their record, even though the officers were never convicted of the crimes.

The officers will likely move to desk jobs and will not be able to wear uniforms or perform daily tasks until they each have the records expunged.

Once their records are expunged, the officers will be able to return to normal working schedules. The deputy chief for the law enforcement agency stated that many of the charges were said to be domestic violence related.

If you or a loved one is need of an expungement to clear your record, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

City of Florence offers pardon expungement, nearly 500 show up

The city of Florence offered a pardon expungement workshop for those in the area who were interested. The workshop was held at Wayside Chapel Baptist Church last Monday and nearly 500 people were in attendance.

The hundreds that showed up in order to have their ‘minor run-ins’ with the law taken off their record have stated that this expungement of their criminal records will allow them opportunities that have been denied to them in the past.

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services discussed the process of expungment and what needed to be done in order to do this successfully. An expungement will clear any criminal record in the state of South Carolina.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. receives expungement after shoving woman

Academy Award winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has had warrant for his arrest expunged from his record.

The Radio star got into a heated argument at New Orleans’ The Old Absinthe House when patrons began taking pictures of him. The bartender asked him to leave. He shoved her and called her a racist outside.

Police issued a warrant for his arrest last Tuesday, but the bartender chose not to press charges. Gooding Jr.’s expungement has already been signed by the court, wiping this incidence off of his record permanently.

If  you have been accused of a crime and the charges were dismissed or you were found innocent, you may be able to remove the crime from your record through an expungement. Contact the Dallas expungement lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214.845.7007 to learn more.

Dallas men facing criminal charges after protest

A pair of Dallas men who sought a marriage certificate are now facing criminal charges after protesting the state’s law banning homosexual marriages.

Homosexual marriages have been prohibited in Texas since 2005. The two men went to file for a marriage certificate that knowing they would be denied. In protest, the handcuffed themselves to one another and refused to leave the courthouse grounds.

They were charged with Class B misdemeanor criminal trespassing, which carries a fine of up to $2,000 and can land them in jail for up to 180 days. Similar criminal trespassing charges are given a Class C charge, which would have much more lenient penalties.

Class C misdemeanor charges are typically eligible for expungement. If you want to have all eligible crimes removed from your public record, contact the Dallas expungement attorneys from The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter.

Tennessee Legislature expands expungement eligibility

A new law passed by the Tennessee Legislature that went into effect yesterday increases the kinds of offenses that can qualify for expungement in that state.

The Tennessee law includes a list of 28 felonies and 45 misdemeanors that will now be expungeable. It adds some requirements to be eligible for the expungement, but an experienced expunction attorney can help you understand whether you meet those qualifications or not.

Expungement can help you have a fresh start by removing past criminal offenses from your record. This can help you avoid the consequences that may come with a criminal record, such as inability to apply for certain jobs.

There are numerous reasons why you need expungement after being convicted of a crime. To learn more about how expungement can help you, contact the expungement attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007.

Former Dallas Cowboy to speak to rookies regarding off-field conduct

Former Dallas Cowboy Adam “Pacman” Jones will speak to the league’s incoming rookies this month concerning their off-the-field conduct.

Jones’ career has been plagued with trouble arising from his behavior outside of work. He missed an entire season dealing with the backlash of his involvement in a strip club shooting that left a person paralyzed. Jones was also suspended for six games right before being traded to the Cowboys in 2008 for an alcohol-induced altercation with a bodyguard. Last year, he had a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest dismissed, making it eligible for expungement.

He hopes he can teach the incoming rookie class to not make the same mistakes he has made.

Even you have had your criminal charges dismissed or have been found not guilty of a crime, the accusations may still be on your record. However, you may be able to have them expunged. Contact the expungement lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 to learn more.

Jacksonville Jaguars’ first-round draft pick pleads not guilty to DUI

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ first-round draft pick, Justin Blackmon, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor aggravated DUI charge after being arrested early Sunday morning with a blood alcohol content of 0.24.

The 22-year-old wide receiver was only charged with a misdemeanor because he does not have a prior DUI on his record. He was almost charged with a DUI in Texas in 2010, but it was reduced to a minor in possession (MIP) charge so that he only paid a fine.

His hearing is scheduled for July 24, three days before the Jaguars’ summer training camp begins.

If he is found not guilty, he can have the arrest expunged from his record. If you have old arrests on your record and would like them removed, contact the expungement lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007.

Three UT football players arrested for disobeying police

Three seniors on the UT football team were arrested early Monday morning following a disturbance at a downtown Austin night club.

Defensive end Alex Okafor, tight end Barrett Matthews, and safety Kenneth Vaccaro refused to leave the establishment when asked to by its proprietors.

Officers arrived on the scene at approximately 1:29 a.m. Monday morning. The group refused to leave when asked by officers as well. They were arrested for failure to obey a lawful order, a misdemeanor.

If you are charged with a nonviolent misdemeanor, you may be able to have it removed from your record. Contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 to learn more.