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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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.

Violent crimes on the rise in Dallas

A report released by the Dallas Police Department shows that the city’s crime rates are changing. While the overall crime rate in the city is decreasing, violent crimes are on the rise.

From the beginning of January through the end of February of this year, violent crimes have increased drastically (by 19%) compared to the same time frame last year.

Rape, robbery, and aggravated assault have all increased. However, on a more positive note, nonviolent crimes have decreased for the eighth year in a row.

Nonviolent crimes are often eligible to be expunged from a person’s record. If you have a nonviolent crime on your record, contact the Dallas expungement attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at  214-845-7007.

Former police chief seeks record expungement

In the small town of Elmwood Place, a former police chief is seeking the expungement of his record after he was labeled a sexual criminal by the state of Ohio.

In 2003, the man served as the police chief of the Elmwood Place Police Department for 11 days. His time was cut short after he used a police-issued computer in order to solicit sex from a female that he thought was 15 years old. In reality, the young girl on the internet was actually an undercover police officer.

He is currently trying to have his official record expunged of his past sex crimes, but he is facing a hurdle. The position the man held when he committed this crime may stand in the way of his record expungement. However, he claims that he has participated in every program that has been assigned to him and that he has been an upstanding citizen since his arrest in 2003.

If you have been convicted of a crime, and now want that crime expunged from your record, please contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

Dallas man pleads guilty to kidnapping, sentenced to prison

A 24-year-old Dallas man has pleaded guilty to the charges against him stemming from a December 2010 incident in which he, along with two accomplices, robbed and abducted a Denton woman.

The men forced the women to withdraw from numerous ATM’s and ultimately left her in the trunk of a car for more than 14 hours while they drove from Texas to New Mexico. The woman was later released, and returned home to Texas. The Dallas man entered a guilty plea on the charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

The two other men involved were previously sentenced for their parts in the crime. The 24-year-old was the last to be sentenced, and was given 60 years for each charge. He will serve his sentences in prison concurrently.

There are numerous occasions where people are unfairly charged with a crime. These individuals have the right to have their records expunged in order to return to their normal lives. If you are interested in learning more about record expungement, please contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

Former Texas lawyer seeks expungement of record

In 2011, a Texas lawyer attended a concert during the SXSW music festival in Austin. During that concert, a piece of camera equipment from the stage fell directly onto his head. Since that day, he has had trouble keeping his thoughts in place.

His brain injury caused him to be unable to return to work as a prominent lawyer. He would constantly be at a loss for words, and didn’t understand things as clearly as he used to. He lost his ability to control his impulses, and that caused him to get arrested last June after he jumped a fence onto a soccer field.

He claims that his friend was joking about jumping the fence onto the field, but the former lawyer took the direction seriously, and scaled the fence. It was a seven foot drop. He is seen on video running through the field with his shirt off. He was arrested for public intoxication, and fell apart in court. He plans on having the arrest and charges expunged from his record.

If you are interested in learning more about how criminal records can be expunged, please contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

Violence in Dallas rises in 2012

For the past eight years in the city of Dallas, crime has been steadily decreasing. Since the beginning of 2012, the overall crime across the city has declined, but by less than one percent.

Violent crime in Dallas has increased drastically since the onset of the new year. It has risen by 25 percent, according to new reports. The Dallas Police made a statement regarding the rise, and made sure to notify the public that they are planning on reducing that number greatly.

One of the reasons why crime in Dallas was at an all-time low was due to more police officers in the city being put on patrol duty during their shifts. These positions are not as liked by detectives, who are usually not out on patrol, but this may be an option that is selected to focus on the reduction of the violent crime.

People have been charged with crimes unfairly on a regular basis. It is important for those individuals to understand that they have the option to expunge their record. If you are interested in learning more about how criminal records can be expunged, please contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

City of Dallas now home to 50th Fuzzy’s Taco Shops

The Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are pleased to announce that the 50th Fuzzy’s Taco Shop store has opened in Dallas, Texas.

The new Fuzzy’s restaurant is located on West Mockingbird Lane near Love Field. The Ft.Worth-based restaurant is pleased that their 50th store opening is in Dallas, Texas. Out of their 50 locations, 40 stores are located in the state of Texas. Fuzzy’s Taco Shops are famous for their large serving sizes and affordable prices.

The stores are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a large variety on their menus. The new Dallas location is a franchise location and the two operators are looking forward to serving the Dallas residents. To learn more about Dallas restaurants and local news, please visit the D Magazine website today.

High School founder wants criminal record expunged

One of the founders of Charter Tech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point, New Jersey is seeking expungement of his criminal record in order to return to the board of trustees for the school.

The 60-year-old founder was arrested in 1974 for smoking marijuana. He thought that his record was expunged many years ago, but apparently he was mistaken.  A law requiring all board of trustees members to undergo background checks turned up the 1974 arrest.

The man voluntarily stepped down from his position and is hopeful that once his record is expunged he can return to the board. He will attend his expungement hearing this month in order to move forward with the removal of the charge.

If you are interested in learning more about how criminal records can be expunged, please contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

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