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.

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.

Hico, TX asks to pardon Billy the Kid

The small town of Hico, Texas, 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth, is appealing to New Mexico governor Bill Richardson to have the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid pardoned.

Hico Mayor Lavern Tooley states, “I am asking for an opportunity to make the case of a pardon and explain how Billy came to spend his finals years in Hico”.  In reference to Richardson she continues, ” We would be honored to entertain you as a guest of the city of Hico, or we could arrange for a delegation to make the trek to Albuquerque”.

Tooley and Hico residents are determined to have the governor hear their version of Billy the Kid’s history and set the truth straight.

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

W. Virginia Congress clerks try to block police officer’s expungment

West Virginia University graduate and police officer Aaron Vanatta is seeking expungment of a pardon for minor offenses he committed during his college days.  Vanatta plead guilty to the charges in 1994 and received a pardon for them in 2005 by Judge Russel M. Clawges and Gov. Bob Wise.

Now, in order to prevent the charges from harming his career in law enforcement, Vanatta hopes to have all records of the crimes and pardon expunged.  However, a Senate  clerk and  House clerk are petitioning the Supreme Court to stop him from having the past crimes and pardon expunged.  Darrell Holmes and Greg Gray argue that state law does not allow for Vanatta’s records and pardon to be expunged because according to a 2009 law, the records of state legislature, secretary of state, and governor are not subject to the Supreme Court’s expungment order.  Vanatta’s lawyer believes that the law does not apply to his case.

If you or someone you know is considering requesting expungement, contact the Dallas expungement lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to learn more about your rights.

East Texas man seeks expungement for wrongful termination

A former field technician working for Landtel Communications and Rignet has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer for allegedly firing him for asking for workers’ compensation.

Donnie Nash was injured while driving a company vehicle back to their Texas facility from one in Louisiana.  When Nash went to his supervisor to request reimbursement for the medical expenses related to his injuries from the accident he was not given the requested workers’ compensation, but was questioned about the route he took.  Three days later he was terminated from his position.

If you have been wrongfully terminated from a job you may be able to have this removed from your record in order to prevent it from harming your future job searches.  If you or someone you know is considering requesting expungement of their record, contact the Dallas expungement attorney Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to learn more about your rights.

Ohio man fired for 40-year old expunged crime

Iverson Banks-Bey of Ohio was fired from his recently acquired job as a 9-1-1 emergency  dispatcher after his employers found out about a 40-year old crime he committed and had expunged.

When Banks-Bey was 20 years old attending Case Western Reserve University, a former roommate stole some personal items from him, including his late father’s coin collections.  He then went to the theif’s house with a gun and broke in.  Banks-Bey was charged and plead guilty to breaking and entering with intent to cause bodily harm.  Seven years later in 1977, he had this crime expunged from his record.

For 30 years, Banks-Bey worked for the City of Cleveland as a firefighter until he retired.  Recently, he decided to work again and was hired as a 9-1-1- dispatcher.  In less than a month of working as a dispatcher, Banks-Bey was fired after his employers discovered two previous felonies on his record from before the expungement.  If Banks-Bey had committed two crimes prior to the break in, expungement would not have been an option.  Banks-Bey stated, “I’m not the same hotheaded, temperamental reckless young man I was 40 years ago.  If expungement does not mean the record is wiped clean, I don’t think anyone can get a fair shake”.

If you or someone you know is considering requesting expungement, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to learn more about your rights.

Confidential Free Case Evaluation