Expungement in Texas

In Texas, expungement can be very helpful to people who have been arrested but found not guilty of the charges.  For people that have been found not guilty, if they do not have their record expunged the charges and arrest will remain on their record and can be harmful to their future in a variety of ways.

Texas laws also allow people convicted of Class C misdemeanors to expunge their record if they have received and completed deferred adjudication.

After an expungement suit, the release and distribution of expunged records by any agency is prohibited.  Furthermore, the person whose record is expunged is then allowed to deny the occurrence of the arrest and charges, even under oath.

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

Expungement for juveniles taking too long?

Families in Pennsylvania are struggling to find closure in getting their children’s and teens’ records expunged.  Families and kids in Luzerne County involved in the “cash for kids” scandal received a vow from the state Supreme Court to throw out the bribed judgments from former judges Mark Ciavarella Jr. and Michael Conahan.  However, the expungement process is taking much longer than they believe it should, in many cases hurting the teens’ futures.

The state Supreme Court asked a Berks County senior judge to review over 5,000 questionable juvenile cases to determine if expungement was necessary.  The director of Luzerne County probation services told the Philadelphia Inquirer this could take up to six years.

Meanwhile, the kids involved in the “cash for kids” scandal are having difficulty getting jobs or loans for college because of the criminal charges.  Also, for teens who have found themselves in trouble with the law again are receiving harsher punishment because of the previous convictions that are waiting to be expunged.

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

PA judge reverses decision to delete newspaper stories

In a recent expungement case in Pennsylvania, defendants awarded expungement of their record included a provision to the order that demanded two Pennsylvania newspapers delete stories about the crimes being expunged.  Lawyers argued that the media’s First Amendment rights were ultimately keeping the defendants’ records from being completely expunged.

After complaints by The Centre Daily Times and The Daily Collegian, Judge Bradley Lunsford reversed the decision and has allowed the newspapers to keep the stories for fear of violating First Amendment rights.

“What’s the sense of having your record expunged if any one can Google you and it comes up,” stated the defense’s attorney.

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

Three-time Oklahoma City murder suspect requests expungement

A man charged with three counts of first-degree murder in Oklahoma City in 1996 is requesting expungement of the charges.  35-year old Demont Rogers faced trial in 1999 for the charges which were dropped, and he was instead charged with murder in connection to the shoot-out.  The trial ended quickly after a witness’ credibility was undermined by the presentation of previous allegations of sexual misconduct.  The trial was declared a mistrial and Rogers was unable to be tried again due to double jeopardy.

Now, Rogers is filing a petition for the expungement of his record.  He has trial set today in the Oklahoma City District Court.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater stated, “Frankly, I was surprised that the expungement was filed …  That’s unusual that you’ll ever have anyone file a motion for expungement on a case as serious as murder”.

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

Rhode Island woman regains freedom after expungement

45-year old Felicia Delgado of Rhode Island celebrated this week after District Court Judge Elaine Bucci announced the expungement of previous prostitution convictions from her record.   The ruling is the first of its kind after a provision to the state of Rhode Island’s prostitution law that allows the expungement of an unlimited number of prostitution convictions from an individual’s record.

Despite objections from the attorney general, Judge Bucci agreed to expunge the five loitering for prostitution counts from 1999 to 2001 from Delgado’s records.   The attorney general expressed plans to appeal the decision.  If the decision is reversed, Delgado will still have shoplifting, check fraud, and drug possession charges expunged.

Delgado has most recently been working for a neighborhood organization devoted to helping women off the streets.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime and are looking to expunge your record, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to learn more about your rights.

New federal expungement law sought

A U.S. representative from Tennessee is introducing a bill that will help nonviolent ex-convicts expunge their federal criminal records.

The bill was discussed in a subcommittee hearing where representative explained that there are many people who struggle to get jobs because of a previous felony.

The new bill will give ex-convicts the chance to apply to have their records expunged or removed by the court that convicted them. U.S. attorneys will be allowed to make recommendations for or against the applicants.The new bill would also allow a person to re-apply for expungement every two years.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime and it is inhibiting them from becoming employed, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of Mark T. Lassiter by calling to discuss your legal options.

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.

Burlington teen awarded settlement in wrongful arrest suit

The city of Burlington, NC, has agreed to pay $25,000 to a 18-year-old high school student who was wrongfully arrested in front of his class on his school campus.

Police took the teenager into custody and charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon and financial card theft. It turned out that someone with the same last name as the teenager had been charged with the offense and police had mistaken him for that suspect.

Despite this settlement, the teenager is still fighting to have the charge expunged from his record. North Carolina law allows one expungement per person in a lifetime.

It is ridiculous that this young man is having such difficulty getting a wrongful charge expunged from his record. If you or someone you know is in the same position and are looking for legal counsel in the area of expungement law, contact Dallas expungement attorney Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today to discuss your legal options.

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.

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