Bill would allow expungement of sexting charges

Currently, if a teen or child in Texas is caught sexting, or sending explicit photos in a text message, state laws call for the suspect to be treated in the same way as a sex offender.  Minors suspected of sexting could legally be charged with a third-degree felony and be listed as a registered sex offender.  In addition, with these severe charges, minors could face up to $10,000 in fines or spend 2 to 10 years in prison.

Senator Kirk Watson recently introduced a piece of legislation, Senate Bill 407, to counteract these extreme charges.  The bill would make sexting a Class C misdemeanor for minors being charged with their first offense.  Also, the bill would require the minor and a parent to attend an “anti-sexting” class.  Furthermore, if a minor is not convicted of a second offense, the first charge would be expunged.

Contact the Dallas expungement attorneys of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today, if you have questions about the expungement or non-disclosure process.

Bill created to allow deferred adjudication for DWI

Last Texas Congressional session, a bill was created and passed through a house committee to allow first-time DWI offenders to complete deferred adjudication for the first time since 1984.  The bill was not voted on in full before the session closed.

Deferred adjudication allows an individual guilty of an offense to complete an assignment and probation period and have the offense removed from their record.  Currently, individuals guilty of a first-time DWI have the option of probation or jail time.  More and more people are choosing jail time, leading legislators to believe deferred adjudication could be the best option to prevent drunk driving.

Over one million drivers in Texas have a DWI conviction on their record.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime and have completed deferred adjudication, contact the Dallas non-disclosure lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to learn more about your rights.

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