Expungement gains popularity in NC

Statistics show a significant rise in the number of people seeking expungements in North Carolina.

Since 2000, the number of expungements granted in North Carolina has almost tripled.  Last year, a total of 11,519 charges were erased through expungement in the state.  Only 4,295 cases of expungement were allowed in 2000.

From 2000 to 2010, a total of more than 76,000 people received expungements in North Carolina alone.

Expungement allows an individual to have criminal charges removed from their record.  Having a clean slate after an expungement has been shown to dramatically increase one’s chances of getting hired for a new job.  Furthermore, with today’s wide access to the internet, expungement has been found to be more important than ever.

Contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today, if you or someone you know needs assistance having a criminal charge cleared from their record.

New Orleans woman seeks expungement after identity theft

A New Orleans woman has sought expungement several times after a family member began using her name and date of birth and committing a number of crimes.  The woman says she has had multiple charges made in her name expunged over the past 11 years, despite never having been arrested or gone to jail.

The woman’s cousin began using her name as an alias around the time she was 17-years old.  The first time she became aware of her cousin’s actions was because a fugitive warrant was out for her arrest.  With her mother, the woman went to court to have the charges cleared from her record.

Recently, in another instance, the woman’s cousin was charged with distributing marijuana.  The woman found out about the charge when a background check was performed in order for her to get her nursing license.  She plans to seek another expungement attorney and return to  court to have the charges cleared.

If you have criminal charges on your record that you would like to be cleared, contact the Dallas expungement attorney, Mark T. Lassiter, at 214-651-1121 to discuss your situation.

FINRA approves Banc of America broker’s expungement

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority recently approved for a former Banc of America broker’s termination to be expunged from his records.

The broker was hired by Banc of America in 2008, just before the bank merged with Merrill Lynch. Authorities with the bank assured him that his position would not be affected if the two merged. However, the broker was terminated from his position with the bank shortly after the merger.

A 3 person FINRA panel approved for language that said he was terminated to be removed from the broker’s Form U5. Form U5s are always available through FINRA’s Central Registration Depository for regulators and brokerages to see. With the expungement, the statement that the broker was discharged due to “manager’s loss of confidence” will be permanently removed and replaced with language explaining that his discharged was caused by a merger.

If you or someone you know needs assistance having something expunged from a record, contact the Dallas expungement lawyer, Mark T. Lassiter, at 214-651-1121 to learn more about expungement services today.

Man gets deferred adjudication in horse theft

A Royse City man recently plead guilty to stealing horses in Hunt County in 2009.  With the guilty plea, indictments against two others suspected of stealing the horses were dropped.

In court in April, the man plead guilty to one count of theft of livestock.  Under a plea deal arrangement, the man avoided the maximum sentence of two years in jail and instead was sentenced to five years of deferred adjudication probation.  In addition, the arrangement included a $1,000 fine and 100 hours of community service.

If the man completes the five years of deferred adjudication, pays the fine, and completes the community service, he will be able to file a petition for non-disclosure and have the crime removed from his record.

To discuss the steps to take to file a petition for non-disclosure with an experienced attorney, contact the Dallas non-disclosure lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today.

200 percent more expungement petitions in CA

Over the last year, expungement petitions have increased by more than 200 percent in California.  Experts say that the increased interest in expungement has to do with the economy.  “The fact is that it is extremely tough today to find employment, and it becomes exponentially more difficult if you have any type of criminal record,” said one expungement attorney in the state.

There has been an increase in all areas of record clearing including criminal and juvenile expungement, arrest record sealing, certificates of rehabilitation, and probation termination.

In a competitive job market like today’s, having a clear criminal record could be the difference between getting the job and not.  Contact the Dallas expungement attorneys of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to learn more about having criminal charges removed from your record.

Wrongfully accused Dallas man has record expunged

Last year, a Dallas man was wrongfully accused of and arrested for robbery related to jewelry heists at Stonebriar Centre Mall and The Shops of Willow Bend.  The man insisted that the police had found the wrong guy, but officers from an FBI SWAT team arrested him anyways.  He spent three months in the Collin County Jail because he could not afford to pay his bond.

After a witness identified the man as the robbery suspect, he was transferred to the Dallas County jail and his bond was increased to $1 million.  After another three months in jail, charges made against the man were dropped.  In the process, the man lost his job, car, and apartment.

The man reports having difficulty finding a job because employers see the charges on his record.  “With that felony, even if its dismissed, as long as it’s showing on my record, they can’t hire me,” said the man.  Fortunately, Dallas prosecutors finally decided to help him have his record expunged and the felony indictment will be cleared.

If you or someone you know has been wrongfully accused of a crime, experienced and compassionate legal representation can help you have the charges expunged from your record.  Contact the Dallas expungement attorneys of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today.

Expungement can spur job offers

Legislators and state officials recommend expungement as a good way to increase job offers and the workforce.  “There are some people who made mistakes when they were teenagers, paid their debt to society, but now they’re in their 30’s and 40’s and they’re still paying for it.  They can’t get a job because of that misdemeanor on their record,” said a state representative from South Carolina.

Understanding the expungement and non-disclosure processes is the first step to avoiding consequences related to criminal charges and put you back on the path to employment.  Expungement is a good option for individuals with a criminal charge still on their record, despite not being convicted or having the charges dropped.  Non-disclosure is a process that allows individuals to have their record sealed after completing a probationary period for certain charges.

If you or someone you know has questions about non-disclosure or expungement, contact the Dallas non-disclosure attorneys of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to learn more about how we can help you.

Senate passes bill to create lineup policies

This week, members of the Texas Senate passed a bill with a 30-0 vote to create written policies concerning criminal lineups in law enforcement agencies in Texas.  Currently, only about 12 percent of police departments in the state have written policies on how to conduct a photo or live lineup.

Senator Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, created the bill in an attempt to combat Texas’ reputation for wrongful convictions.Texas has the highest number of convicts exonerated on DNA evidence in the country, with over 40 people being exonerated since 1994.

If the bill is also approved in the House of Representatives, officials at Sam Houston State University will work with police departments to determine the best policies concerning witness preparation before a lineup, documented witness statements, ensuring that a lineup administrator does not know which member of the lineup is the suspect, and how to work with non-English speaking witnesses, suspects or other members of the lineup.

If you have been wrongfully accused of a crime in Dallas and would like to meet with an attorney to learn more about expunction, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today.

Bill would allow expungement of sexting charges

Currently, if a teen or child in Texas is caught sexting, or sending explicit photos in a text message, state laws call for the suspect to be treated in the same way as a sex offender.  Minors suspected of sexting could legally be charged with a third-degree felony and be listed as a registered sex offender.  In addition, with these severe charges, minors could face up to $10,000 in fines or spend 2 to 10 years in prison.

Senator Kirk Watson recently introduced a piece of legislation, Senate Bill 407, to counteract these extreme charges.  The bill would make sexting a Class C misdemeanor for minors being charged with their first offense.  Also, the bill would require the minor and a parent to attend an “anti-sexting” class.  Furthermore, if a minor is not convicted of a second offense, the first charge would be expunged.

Contact the Dallas expungement attorneys of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today, if you have questions about the expungement or non-disclosure process.

Crimes down in Dallas from a year ago

The Dallas police report that crime rates this month are much lower than those of a year ago in February 2010.  For the first 6 weeks of 2011, crime rates in Dallas dropped by more than 15 percent.  Furthermore, in 2010, Dallas police saw a 10 percent reduction in crime from 2009.

“Every category of major crime is down.  Each of the seven patrol stations are all down in crime in double digits, with the south east division leading the way being down 20 percent,” said Police Chief David Brown.

Violent  crimes in Dallas were reported to have fallen by 24 percent and property crimes by 14 percent.  Motor vehicle theft decreased by 17.1 percent since the beginning of the year.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime in Dallas and need to have the charges expunged from your record, contact the Dallas expungement attorney, Mark T. Lassiter, at 214-651-1121 to learn more about expungement in Dallas.

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