RI wants to clear more criminal records

Lawmakers in Rhode Island are voting to make a law that will make it easier for convicted criminals to clear their record.

Judges in Rhode Island have already previously decided to seal the records of first offenders who were convicted of nonviolent crimes after five years of the completion of their sentence of a misdemeanor and 10 years after a felony.

The new bill seeks to seal the record after five years of any crime in which the person has been given deferred sentence and as long as the person stays out of trouble during those five years.

Expungement law can be difficult to understand, if you are searching for legal advice on how to clear your name, contact the Dallas expungement attorney of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-651-1121 to discuss your legal options.

Former JPMorgan executive seeks expungement after allegedly fired for whistleblowing

A former executive employee at JPMorgan Chase & Co has sued the bank on allegations that she was fired after being a whistleblower against a long-time client.

The former employee states she was fired from her vice president position after investigating the client’s involvement in mail fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering, and urging the bank to cut ties with the customer. In the settlement, she seeks possible reinstatement, back pay and other financial damages, and the expungement of the incident from her record.

If you were wrongfully terminated from your place of employment, you may be able to have the incident removed from your records to prevent it from harming your future career and employment opportunities. To learn more about the process of expungement, contact Dallas expungement attorney Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121.

Utah bill streamlines expungement process

Utah’s expungement statute has recently been modified to become one of the most streamlined and progressive in the country.

Revisions in House Bill 21, signed into law March 29, will take effect May 11 and allow petitioners to expunge their records without the help of a lawyer.

“The code was so confusing, not only for the everyday citizen, but for those trying to implement and enforce it. So we went through the entire code (statute) to make it more understandable” said Bill sponsor Rep. Julie Fisher, R-Fruit Heights.

According to Fisher, the bill does not make any actual changes to the statute but merely makes it easier to understand. The process begins with an application to the Bureau of criminal Identification (BCI), which decides if the petitioner meets eligibility requirements. If they do, they are given a Certificate of Eligibility which they may present to a judge, who comes to the final decision regarding expungement.

BCI Director Alice Erickson does not expect a massive increase in the number of petitioners following the streamlining, but says she would not be surprised if the number of petitioners increased.

Expungements can also include arrests, so making the process that much quicker could only help those who were not even convicted of a crime, according to officials.

With more and more businesses doing back ground checks, it is very important to make sure that you have a clean record. Expungement law can be a difficult area to understand. If you are looking for legal advice in clearing your name in today’s competitive job market, contact Dallas expungement attorney Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today to discuss your legal options.

Attorney general Lynch supports early expungement

Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch of Rhode Island is now backing the early expungement of a certain kind of record, in contrast with his sharp opposition of all expungement bills considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee during his time as the state’s top prosecutor.

Lynch has thrown his support behind a new bill to automatically remove from public view the record of any cases in which the defendant pled no contest in exchange for a deferred sentence, and remained out of trouble for at least five years. This bill would also eliminate any additional waiting period.

Previously, Lynch had opposed variations of this bill, expressing disapproval for allowing the destruction of records for people who admitted guilt to avoid jail time. Rhode Island is one of the few states that allows for the expungement of adult crimes from a judicial record.

If you have been convicted of a crime and this is hampering your ability to find employment or become a part of your community, contact Dallas expungement attorney Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today to discuss your legal options.

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