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Texas Wants to Make It Easier to Fire People with Criminal Records
November 8, 2017

As recently reported by The Nation, a major change for workers with a criminal record may be taking place. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits blanket employment discrimination based on criminal records. This was a response to the disproportionate amount of crimes committed by minorities in low income areas. Since then, employers must consider various factors when … Read More>

Adoption
Can a Felon Adopt a Child in Texas?
October 5, 2017

Every U.S. state has regulations for required background checks for the fostering or adoption process. Additionally, some states require background checks for any adult living in the household of the prospective parent or foster parent. If you have a criminal record, whether in Texas or elsewhere, and you’d like to adopt – check your local laws for more information. The following … Read More>

Nurse
Can You Be a Nurse with a Criminal Record in Texas?
September 19, 2017

Many people dream of one day having the opportunity to make a difference in their community. What better way to bring hope and cheer into the lives of the sick and scared than to be a nurse? Licensed nurses deal with our most vulnerable people: the diseased, children, elderly, and disabled.  A career in nursing is a vital component of … Read More>

New ‘Second Chance’ Record Sealing Law in Texas
July 13, 2017

Texas Governor Greg Abbott just recently signed a bill into law allowing first-time DWI offenders to petition to have their criminal record sealed. House Bill 3016, termed the “Second Chance Bill,” allows people convicted of one low-level offense – including a DWI with a blood alcohol level under 0.14 or nonviolent Class C misdemeanors – to request that the record … Read More>

How Will an Expungement Affect My Ability to Travel?
July 5, 2017

Traveling is something all of us enjoy doing and wish we could do more of. We enjoy sightseeing in new places and creating lasting memories with our loved ones. But what if you want to travel and have a criminal record? Will this affect your ability to travel? The short answer, it depends. Countries Vary Your ability to travel with a  criminal record greatly … Read More>

Applying For an Order of Nondisclosure in Texas
June 28, 2017

The process for drafting and filing a Petition for Nondisclosure for record sealing can be a long and complex process, with many steps involved.  After determining that your criminal record qualifies for sealing, you must then: Draft a Petition for Nondisclosure meeting statutory requirements File it in the court that placed you on deferred adjudication Attend a hearing if required … Read More>

How to Get a Copy of my Criminal Record in Texas?
April 11, 2017

The State of Texas maintains a permanent database of criminal records, unless of course you obtain an expunction, order of nondisclosure, pardon, or conviction set-aside. Furthermore, under State law, your criminal record is accessible to the public by request. Even if you were arrested and never charged or convicted of an offense, those records are available for review. This can … Read More>

Texas Criminal Resources
Resources to Help Ex-Offenders in Texas
July 3, 2015

While America is often deemed the “Land of Opportunity” it does have its limitations – especially for ex-offenders who have been re-released into society.  The main limitations come in form of housing and employment.  Think about it – do you think a landlord or an employer, would be quick to lease an apartment to or hire an ex-offender?  As progressive … Read More>

How To Request Your Texas Criminal Record
How To Request Your Texas Criminal Record
July 2, 2015

By: Sam Eastman, Partner, Eastman, Libersat, Meyler, PC The State of Texas keeps your criminal record forever—unless you obtain an expunction, order of nondisclosure, pardon, or conviction set-aside, your criminal record will remain available to the public. To make matters worse, Texas makes criminal records particularly available to the public, even if you were arrested and never charged or convicted of an … Read More>

Identity theft criminal record
Identity Theft And Removing Other False Information From Your Texas Criminal Record
June 24, 2015

By: Sam Eastman, Partner, Eastman, Libersat, Meyler, PC Texas makes criminal records particularly available to the public, regardless of whether an arrest resulted in a conviction. Fair or not, counties in Texas make this private, potentially damaging information available to practically anybody with an internet connection. What is particularly troubling about this system is that such information isn’t even always correct. Incorrect … Read More>