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.

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

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.

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.

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.

NFL player has dilemma with law again

Green Bay Packers player Johnny Jolly has had another run in with the law. The Defensive End was arrested outside of Houston for possession of drug charges and tampering with evidence.

This arrest comes as no surprise seeing as how it is Jolly’s third drug-related arrest in the past three years. The NFL suspended Jolly for an indefinite period in 2010 when his first possession arrest was up for a trial.

The Defensive End had a chance to get his former conviction expunged if he stayed out of trouble during his five-year probation under “deferred adjudication.” Jolly chose not to listen to his initial sentencing and is now facing serious jail time for his recent convictions.

If you or someone you know is interested to learn how criminal charges can be expunged from your record, please contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

Harris County uses new DWI expungement program

Harris County recently introduced a new program that makes it easier for people charged with DWI, or driving while intoxicated, to have the charges expunged from their criminal record.  Harris County is infamous for having the nation’s highest annual rate of drunk driving fatalities.  Every year in Harris County, approximately 6,000 people are charged with DWIs for the first time.

The program, called DIVERT, or Direct Intervention using Voluntary Education Restitution and Treatment, was launched by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.  DIVERT allows drivers charged with DWI to agree to two years of supervision and counseling.  If at the end of two years a driver has kept a clean record, then the DWI charge will be expunged from their record.  So far, about 166 people have agreed to being a part of the DIVERT program.

To discuss having a criminal charge expunged from your record in Texas, contact the experienced Dallas expungement attorney, Mark T. Lassiter, at 214-651-1121 today.

Police woman accused of theft waits for expungement

23-year old Kim Fields, a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio, was accused of theft and subsequently suspended from her position in August.  A local Wal-Mart employee claimed that Fields had shoplifted from the store and pressed charges against her.

The Wal-Mart loss prevention employee told officers that she witnessed a “black female conceal several items and attempt to leave the store”.  After stopping her, the suspect said that she had not stolen anything and walked away.  The Wal-Mart employee told officers a license plate number from the vehicle she witnessed the suspect enter.  Police connected the license plate number provided by the Wal-Mart employee to Officer Kim Fields.

Fields received a 180 day suspension sentence as a result of the charges.  Court documents state that she is unable to request expungement of the charges until April 19, 2011.

Contact the Dallas expungement attorney Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 if you or someone you know wants to have previous criminal charges removed from their record.

NJ workers denied public employment despite expungement

Yesterday, the New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled that public workers who commit a crime are barred from public employment in the state despite having an expungement.

The case involved a detective that formerly worked at the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office who conducted an illegal criminal background check after ending her employment with the office.  The detective plead guilty to the disorderly persons offense charge for “purposeful and unauthorized access to a computer”.

In 2008, the detective requested expungement of the charge.  The jury requested the expungment but ruled that along with the expungement she was unable to obtain public employment in the future.  After an appeal, yesterday the court decided that the initial 2008 ruling should stand and the detective is barred from future public employment.

If you or someone you know is seeking expungement of a criminal charge, contact the Dallas expungement attorney Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to learn more about your rights.

NJ man’s crime exposed on fliers despite expungement

A New Jersey man has gone to court to sue for defamation after Hudson County campaign fliers appeared saying that he had been convicted of a drug crime despite having the charge expunged.  The man, identified as G.D. in court documents, was convicted of drug possession in 1993 and later had the charge expunged in 2006.

G.D. was a former aid to Senate candidate Brian Stack in 2007 when the fliers were released by former state Senator Bernard Kenny.  The fliers were entitled “It’s the company you keep” and had G.D.’s criminal record, photo, and identification on them.

The New Jersey Supreme Court now has to decide whether or not it is libel to address a person’s expunged crime.

If your or someone you know is looking to have their record expunged, contact the Dallas expungement lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to learn more about your rights.

Illinois man has record expunged after battery charge

24-year old Ryan Gaertner of Rockford, Illinois was charged with criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse after three women accused him of raping them several years before.  After the prosecution was penalized for misconduct, Gaertner was entitled to a new trial.  However, officials decided not to continue with the trial because “the charges, we believe, were vindictively brought against him and not well-founded,” stated Gaertner’s attorney.

After the Appellate Court threw out the case, Gaertner was granted expungement of the battery conviction and criminal record.  “The books are closed on this…The matter is done,” stated his attorney.

If you or someone you know is seeking expungement of your criminal record, contact the the Dallas expungement lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to learn more about your rates.

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