What Does it Mean to Have Your Criminal Record Expunged?

Oct 18

Rehabilitating one’s reputation after being charged of a crime can prove to be a challenging experience. Even after you’ve served all your legal penalties and obligations, it’s unlikely that your community will feel comfortable with your criminal record. Separating yourself from these preconceived notions can be difficult, considering how much it can affect your ability to start over and seek out better opportunities for yourself. Fortunately, in such situations, Texan law provides an option to have your records cleared.

The legal process of getting one’s criminal record cleared of certain events is referred to as expunction or expungement. To put it simply, filing for expunction basically means petitioning to have a criminal charge or, barring certain circumstances, conviction cleared from your records. The process of expunction is delineated in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. It requires filing your petition to a district court where the arresting offense is said to have taken place. With the court’s approval, record of your criminal charge or conviction will no longer be available to the general public, saving you from any prejudice you might face from future employers and the like.

Not everyone will be eligible to have an item from their criminal records cleared or expunged. Generally, expunction is an option saved for individuals that were arrested, charged, but never convicted of a crime. Individuals convicted of a Class C, fine-only misdemeanor also qualify for expunction. Other individuals that may qualify for expunction depending on the specific details of their case include those wrongfully convicted of a crime, those acquitted of a crime, those that received pardoned convictions, and certain juvenile offenders.

Dallas record clearing attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter emphasize the immeasurable benefits of having a clean criminal record, so you should take every necessary step to ensure that you aren’t forever living in the shadow of your past. To ensure that your expunction petition is a success, it would be best to contact criminal law experts for their legal counsel.

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Know When It is Time to Acquire Legal Representation During an Insurance Claim

Aug 09

Modern time bears witness to how people around the world have made cars today’s most common form of transportation. Here in the U.S., cars and trucks on roads and highways are estimated at 253 million; about 16.1 million of these were purchased only last year (2015).

The continuous increase in the number of cars and truck on U.S. roads may be a good sign – a signification of a growing economy. Sad to say, however, this increase may also hint that the number of automobile crashes will remain to exceed five million every year, injuring at least two million drivers, car passengers, and pedestrians, and killing more than 30,000.

Every time an accident occurs, a victim’s immediate concerns include cost of treatment, days off from work which result to loss of wages, and property damage among others. It would be natural acquire legal representation for a victim to be preoccupied with thoughts about the possible sources of money until he/she is able to get back on his/her feet. These sources may include Workers’ Compensation benefits (but only if he/she was injured during the performance of his/her job), and/or SS benefits (but only if the injury renders the victim unable to do any job, the injury is expected to last at least 12 months, or if it results to a type of disability that is found in the SS Blue Book or SS Listing of Impairments). But the real immediate source of financial benefit after a car accident is the at-fault driver’s or the victim’s car insurance provider.

Despite the importance of insurance benefits to accident victims, the law firm Crowe & Mulvey, LLP has seen how many insurance companies are slow to pay out or refuse to pay altogether on valid insurance claims following a car accident. Due to this, it may become necessary for the victim to acquire legal representation, especially if :

  • Valid claims are denied;
  • If a claims adjuster pressures the victim to accept a quick settlement that is unfair;
  • If compensation for accident-related medical costs do not fully cover expenses; or,
  • If the statute of limitation of the state (where the accident occurred) will prevent the victim from challenging
  • the settlement claim.
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Get the Financial Benefit You Deserve in the Event of Construction Accidents

Mar 29

The need to keep up with the demands of progress requires workers, especially those in construction sites, to accomplish more in much lesser time. The faster the work and the taller the buildings, however, the more dangerous it is for construction workers.

Hard work, often times for longer periods, the heavy machineries, tools and equipment, the presence of hazardous materials, and working from great heights, are what continuously threatens the health and safety of construction workers.

In 2013, the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded 796 fatal accidents in construction sites, with the top four causes (also known in the construction industry as the “Fatal Four”) of these accidents being slips, trips, and falls, getting struck by a heavy or moving object, electrocution, and being caught between objects.

Falls, specifically, account for 40 % of all construction site injuries and deaths. Falls are usually results of poorly maintained or assembled scaffolding and work platforms, weak ladders, improper use of ladders, elevated surfaces, uneven floors, lack or absence of signs to warn about ramps and/or excavations, overhanging steel bars, unprotected sides and edges, lack of training on observance, lax implementation of safety measures, lack of protective gear and/or equipment for workers, and so forth.

Due to the so many risks construction workers are exposed to every day, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (or OSH Act) was passed into law by the US Congress in 1970. The Act aims to:

  • Ensure all working men and women of safe and healthful working conditions
  • Assist and encourage the States in their efforts in ensuring safe and healthful working conditions
  • Provide for information, education, research and training in the area of occupational safety and health
  • Authorize enforcement of the standards developed under the Act. Enforcement of these standards has been delegated by OSH Act to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which was created in 1971.

OSHA maintains that a large number of fall accidents in construction sites are preventable if only employers and workers would observe proper safety standards, such as the use of personal fall arrest systems (PFAS). However, because of the negligence of so many people in the construction business, cases of accidents resulting to injuries and deaths only increase every year.

‘Falls from any height,” as explained by the law firm Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, “can result in serious injuries including broken bones, internal injury, and head trauma. Injuries from falls are not always obvious and often require extensive testing and medical expertise to understand and treat. Sometimes, the full extent of an injury from a fall is not immediately apparent. Falls can result in serious and permanent injuries and disabilities with life-changing consequences.”

Workers should understand that, in the event of injurious accidents, they can file a claim with their state’s Worker’s Compensation Insurance office. Worker’s Compensation is a state-mandated insurance program which provides financial benefits to workers who sustain job-related injuries or who develop an illness due to poor working conditions. This program is designed to cover cost of medical treatment, lost wages, rehabilitation, disability and death.

Many times, however, despite the obvious injury or illness, workers’ claims are disapproved, if not by the injured workers’ employers, then by the insurance providers. While insurance firms would, as much as possible, try to avoid making compensation payments (the lesser the claims, the higher profit these firms will have), many employers behave just the same way since more claims means higher premiums that they will have to pay. Yet, despite trying to avoid so much the filing of claims by injured workers, these employers continue to fail in their duty of ensuring their workers a safe and healthy environment.

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Making a pitch for your metal roofing

Oct 28

Today, many contractors are harnessing the power of technology to make everything seamless. According to the website of Hamlin Tree Care CRM software could help contractors track their bids and sales for their busiest products. But although tracking everything about your bestsellers should be the main point of your business, you need to find ways on how to package your less marketable products to make it appealing for your potential customers. This way, you are maximizing not just your chart-topper products, but also those that are being quite left behind.

One of the most hard-to-sell products in the roofing industry is metal roofing. According to Statefarm, there are certain things about metal roofs that tend to shy away people from installing it on their homes. As a roof expert, one thing you can do to help your customers see how a metal roof can benefit them by breaking their misconceptions about it.

Metal roofs are more prone to lightning strikes

This is a big no! Scientifically, lightning strikes the highest object in a specific area. Trees, antennas, communication towers, and electric poles are more likely to be hit by a lightning first than a metal roof. However, if ever a lightning should strike a metal roof, its full metal body would be able to disperse the current across the structure, making everything below it safe, including you.

Metal roofs are too loud

Although making a metal roof entirely sound proof is a completely impossible project, there are many different ways on how to minimize its noise into a level that it is almost inaudible. For instance, installing a solid sheathing and felt can help reduce metal roof noise. Choosing standing seam metal roofs over corrugated metal roofs may also reduce noise-producing vibration.

Metal roofs are more prone to rusting

This is a complete no. Nowadays, metal roofs are coated with substances, such as zinc, aluminum, or a combination of both, to protect from rusts. Also, metal roofs are coated with paint to add an extra layer of protection against corrosion.

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What is Xarelto and What Are Its Side Effects?

Jun 25

Xarelto, which is also known as rivaroxaban (its most active ingredient), is a popular anticoagulant drug that is usually taken orally, if possible. It is more commonly used by patients who had just undergone knee or hip replacement surgery, as a preventative measure against deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this drug back in 2011; its sales worldwide currently amount to around $1 billion.

There has, however, been significant evidence coming from numerous studies and complaints that have linked the consumption of Xarelto with possibly life threatening side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding and brain hemorrhaging. Situations like this demand legal representation and recompense for the victims for the medical procedures required for recovery as well as lost wages and compensation for the trauma experienced after the event.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, patients who had taken Xarelto in West Virginia have claimed that the manufacturers of the anticoagulant – Bayer and Janssen – had intentionally concealed knowledge of these side effects, despite knowing their consequences. This is supported by the information provided through a lawsuit filed in a federal court in Charleston when a woman filed a legal lawsuit against the drug, saying that taking Xarelto was the cause of her gastrointestinal bleeding and that the manufacturers were aware of the increased chances of this happening but offered no warning to its possible patients.

Several other sources have claimed that there are no treatments against the side effects of Xarelto, in contrast to other anticoagulants that have a protocol should side effects take place, and are continuously fighting for their right to receive due justice.

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