Dallas crime down in numbers

Dallas police have released a statement revealing that crime across the city is down by four percent from last year. More dangerous crimes, including murder, have dropped by more than 10 percent as well.

Crimes involving burglary of home residences is still an issue in Dallas. Police officers are using bait cars in areas where there is a high amount of auto theft in efforts to reduce these instances.

There are two months left in the fiscal 2011 year and the Dallas police are predicting that the city ends the year down 2 percent with overall crime.

People can be wrongly accused of criminal behavior all of the time. It is their right to be able to have the charge expunged from 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.

Woman’s record expunged after being falsely accused of murder

A 29-year-old York City woman was charged with first-degree murder over 11 years ago. The case against  her was eventually dismissed, but the public records of her charges still existed. The woman has finally taken the necessary steps in order to expunge her record of the criminal charges.

The murder happened at a cross street that the woman happened to be driving by when she stopped to comfort the dying victim. She was named in the murder by an inmate who was looking for a way out of his own sentence. The woman spent nine months in jail facing death row before the court realized the statements didn’t match any evidence for the case.

Having a public record of these charges made it nearly impossible to find work. Now that her record has been completely expunged, she is hopeful that she can begin her life again.

The 29-year-old mother doesn’t regret stopping to help the man because she believes it was the right thing to do at the  time.

To learn more about expunging criminal records, please contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

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.

Expunction in Texas explained

Some employers and other agencies can be wary of individuals with criminal records.  To combat this, Texans who have been charged or convicted of certain crimes can have charges removed from their record through expungement.

Expungement, or expunction, allows Texans to file a petition to have criminal charges removed from their record.  Chapter 55 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure says that individuals who were found not guilty but have the arrest on their record, individuals with dropped charges, and individuals with an overturned conviction can file for expunction.

Texans with Class C misdemeanors and who have been ordered to complete deferred adjudication can also have charges expunged if all requirements of the probation were completed correctly.

To learn more about expungement in Texas, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 today.

Dallas deputies told not to fight crime

This Monday, sources revealed that officials with the Dallas County Constable’s Association ask deputies not to fight criminal activity in the city.

Texas deputy constables are licensed peace officers.  They are trained in how to address criminal activity and are certified to carry weapons.

However, after an incident involving a mother repeatedly asking a deputy to help her find her two kidnapped sons and him refusing, it was revealed that Precinct 1 has a “no-chase” policy.

President of the Dallas County Constable’s Association Renee Christian stated, “Those officers have been told — and I don’t know by which administrators — that if you see some criminal activity, turn your head.  Handle your civil process.”

The Dallas County Constable’s Association met yesterday to address policies for deputies in the county.

If you have been wrongfully charged with a crime and are seeking to have the charge removed from your record, contact the Dallas expungement attorneys of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 to learn more about how we can help you.

School district in Georgia seeks expungement

The Baker County School System in Georgia is seeking an expungement just weeks after a grand jury in the county ordered an investigation into the school district’s finances.

Problems began when a group called the Baker County Citizens Concerned Citizens for Education suggested investigating the district for “questionable expenditures.”

The motion for expungment states that the jury “did not have the authority under Georgia law to act the way it did.”

In addition, the motion seeks the removal of records concerning investigations into the districts supposed “questionable expenditures” and the publishing of a notice of correction.

To discuss the expungement process with an experienced and compassionate attorney, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling 214-845-7007 today.

Doctor not required to register as sex offender with expungement

The lawyer for an Iowa doctor is defending the physician against charges related to failure to register as a sex offender in the Iowa Sex Offender Registry.

The 31-year old doctor was convicted of  fifth-degree non-consensual sexual contact with an underage girl in 2002.  At the time, the doctor was working as a resident at the Mercy Medical Center- North Iowa.  The doctor later had the conviction expunged and the charges removed from his record.

After moving out of the state and then returning in July, the doctor was charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  According to the doctor’s lawyer, registering as a sex offender would defeat the purpose of the man’s expungement.

If you or someone you know is seeking an expungement, contact the Dallas expungement attorneys of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to learn more about how expungement can benefit your life.

Expungement gains popularity in NC

Statistics show a significant rise in the number of people seeking expungements in North Carolina.

Since 2000, the number of expungements granted in North Carolina has almost tripled.  Last year, a total of 11,519 charges were erased through expungement in the state.  Only 4,295 cases of expungement were allowed in 2000.

From 2000 to 2010, a total of more than 76,000 people received expungements in North Carolina alone.

Expungement allows an individual to have criminal charges removed from their record.  Having a clean slate after an expungement has been shown to dramatically increase one’s chances of getting hired for a new job.  Furthermore, with today’s wide access to the internet, expungement has been found to be more important than ever.

Contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today, if you or someone you know needs assistance having a criminal charge cleared from their record.

New Orleans woman seeks expungement after identity theft

A New Orleans woman has sought expungement several times after a family member began using her name and date of birth and committing a number of crimes.  The woman says she has had multiple charges made in her name expunged over the past 11 years, despite never having been arrested or gone to jail.

The woman’s cousin began using her name as an alias around the time she was 17-years old.  The first time she became aware of her cousin’s actions was because a fugitive warrant was out for her arrest.  With her mother, the woman went to court to have the charges cleared from her record.

Recently, in another instance, the woman’s cousin was charged with distributing marijuana.  The woman found out about the charge when a background check was performed in order for her to get her nursing license.  She plans to seek another expungement attorney and return to  court to have the charges cleared.

If you have criminal charges on your record that you would like to be cleared, contact the Dallas expungement attorney, Mark T. Lassiter, at 214-651-1121 to discuss your situation.

FINRA approves Banc of America broker’s expungement

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority recently approved for a former Banc of America broker’s termination to be expunged from his records.

The broker was hired by Banc of America in 2008, just before the bank merged with Merrill Lynch. Authorities with the bank assured him that his position would not be affected if the two merged. However, the broker was terminated from his position with the bank shortly after the merger.

A 3 person FINRA panel approved for language that said he was terminated to be removed from the broker’s Form U5. Form U5s are always available through FINRA’s Central Registration Depository for regulators and brokerages to see. With the expungement, the statement that the broker was discharged due to “manager’s loss of confidence” will be permanently removed and replaced with language explaining that his discharged was caused by a merger.

If you or someone you know needs assistance having something expunged from a record, contact the Dallas expungement lawyer, Mark T. Lassiter, at 214-651-1121 to learn more about expungement services today.

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