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The Benefits of Expunction

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019

A criminal charge can bring with it more punishments than just jail time. Individuals who have a criminal record may find it difficult to find a job, locate housing — especially after returning from jail — and access many other important services. This isn’t to mention a direct hit to one’s reputation that can occur following a criminal charge.

Many people are unaware of the fact that they can criminal charges removed from their record after a certain period of time, through a process called expunction. Through this process, the charges are removed, and an individual’s life becomes easier. Barriers to finding employment, housing, and receiving a loan are removed.

If you or a loved one has a criminal record, you may be entitled to an expunction. Keep reading to learn more about the process and the qualifications. It may just end up changing your life!

Something to Keep in Mind…

The qualifications for expunction vary for a state to state and depending on the crimes that you have been charged with. Make sure that you are familiar with the expunction rules in your state before beginning to process.

This blog post will focus on the expunction process in Texas. If you’re outside of Texas, the rules may be a little different, but there should be some general themes that follow from state to state.

Qualifications for Expunction

Not every person is eligible for expunction in the state of Texas, nor is every crime in the state of Texas eligible to be removed from your record. These, however, are some of the most common situations in which expunction may be possible:

  • Arrests with a conviction
  • Acquittals
  • Juvenile Offenses

Additionally, convictions in which you have been pardoned.

Other Options

If you do not qualify for expunction, you may still have options. In Texas, for example, you can file a petition of nondisclosure if you have completed the deferred adjudication process. Deferred adjudication is a specific type of plea deal in which the defendant either pleads “guilty” or “no contest” to their charges, dependent on them meeting other requirements. These requirements may include community service or community supervision instead of jail time.

After the record has been sealed, only certain individuals and government agencies will be able to view it. However, this only applies to certain crimes, so it is not a guarantee.

What to Do

If you’re interested in an expunction or sealing of your records, you should reach out to an expunction attorney like Ian Inglis Attorney at Law as soon as you possibly can. An expunction attorney can let you know if you qualify for expunction or sealing of your records. In addition, they are experts on the expunction process, so if you do qualify, they will know how to begin the process.

Most legal proceedings require a multitude of paperwork, which your attorney can also help you with. You do not want your expunction to be delayed due to incorrect or misfiled paperwork, so having an attorney in your corner is the best option out there.

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Quick Tips on Reducing Fossil Fuel Use

Posted by on Jun 14, 2019

One of the biggest issues facing drivers today is their carbon footprint. Many drivers worry about their use of natural gas and oil. If you’re worried about your impact on the environment, check out these tips on how to cut back on your use of gas. You won’t only be saving the environment, you’ll be doing your wallet a favor!

  • Carpool

Sharing your car with just one person can halve the total gas used doing your commute to work because that is one less car out on the road. Now, most cars comfortably fit four or five people, so a carefully-planned carpool can dramatically slash the amount of gas used over time. If you’re one of the people being picked up on the way to work, don’t forget to chip in a couple of bucks for gas! The driver will thank you.

Also, if everyone has their own car, they can take turns on whose car to use; this can increase the life of everyone’s car over time. One thing to consider when carpooling is the other cars on the road. If you’re picking someone up in another part of town, you may not know the habits of the drivers around you.

If you get in an accident during your efforts to carpool, a firm like Hammack Law Firm can help assess the situation and help get your bills paid for. Don’t let a collision stop you from your efforts to save the planet. Once you’ve gotten the settlement you deserve you can get your car fixed and hop right back into the swing of things!

  • Use public transport

When available, public transport is a valuable asset to an urban environment. If you can, take the short walk to the nearest bus stop and forego the car altogether. Even if you only do this twice a week, you’re still making a big difference.

Many bus stops are becoming more accessible to those with disabilities- a barrier that has historically made it more difficult for some to ride. These changes are helping to make it easier for everyone to get around their town.

  • Switch to a hybrid

Okay, so this one is admittedly much more expensive up front. In the long haul, though, it will save a ton of money on gas when you consider the costs that come with a low-mileage truck. There are also some hidden benefits of driving a hybrid. Because they’re rising in popularity, you won’t have a hard time selling your car if you ever need to.

Of course, you probably wouldn’t want to sell it after you see how much money you’re saving on fuel! Not only will you save money, but you’ll also save the environment. Hybrids are much more efficient than the average car and that means less gas is wasted during a drive. Lighter engines and regenerative battery capabilities also factor in to help keep the air a little bit cleaner.

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Tree Maintenance on Commercial Property

Posted by on Feb 3, 2019

I recently bought my first commercial building! I’ve been in the real estate business for some time. I’ve bought, sold, and rented apartments and condos all over the country. I love my work. Looking at different markets and finding homes for clients is what I do best. The move to a commercial site was a huge leap for me. I’m finally making the jump from residential to commercial properties. With this leap comes a whole new set of things to consider. Now, instead of thinking about the needs of just one person, I’m thinking about the needs of a whole company, and several companies at a time. This means I’m hiring lots of different services to care for the building. I have a front-desk concierge service to help patrons and provide a front line of security. I have a cleaning service that goes through the building at night and cleans up. I have a repair service that all the companies in my building can call to get a handyman out in case anything breaks during the day. I also have a couple IT guys that are on call in case a company needs technical help with any of the office equipment.

Recently one of the executives at my building pointed out to me that the trees outside were flaking and beginning to wither. He said I needed to do something about that. It’s an aspect of commercial property ownership I had not considered before. Of course, the companies in my building want the landscaping to be pristine. They have potential clients and new hires coming in and they want the building to make a great first impression.

I was researching on what the problem could be and I found out about borers on the Hamlin Tree Care, Inc website. Hamlin Tree Care is a landscaping service that handles residential and commercial properties alike. They have the knowledge to spot and treat lots of different tree pests without causing any extra damage to trees.

Borers are insects that burrow into trees for food and shelter. That explains the small holes I’ve seen on my tree trunks, as well as the flaking bark across the trees. I don’t have the expertise to get rid of these pests on my own. I could throw chemicals at the problem, but I don’t want to damage the tree or any of the surrounding greenery. I’ll probably end up getting a tree care provider to handle the situation. I want to get rid of the borers. But even more than that, I want to hire someone that can give me advice on how to protect my trees and care for them so that they do not become infested again.

This is an aspect to commercial building ownership that I had never even considered in the past. When I rented and owned condos, the building owners took care of all of that. It was much the same situation with an apartment. I never dealt with individual home real estate because I live in a big compact city and there’s not a ton of neighborhoods until you get into the suburbs. But now that I’m entering the world of commercial property, I’m learning all about how to keep my premises attractive and maintained.

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Common Myths About Wrongful Termination Claims

Posted by on Jun 17, 2018

Employers have the responsibility to act appropriately in the workplace, just like their employees. Wrongful termination includes a lot of different actions, and the law protects employees from becoming victims of abusive power. Things such as discrimination, refusing to commit a crime for your employer, and whistleblowing are all instances where an employee may have been fired as an act of retaliation. When this happens, they should bring forth a wrongful termination lawsuit against their former employer.

Although employees may clearly perceive the illegal intentions of their employers to wrongfully terminate out of vengeance, it can be difficult to prove in court. Wrongful termination is a difficult claim to prove, and the court battle can be incredibly complex. Because these cases can be complicated, even for the counsels and the court, sometime myths arise about when it is wise to bring forth an employment lawsuit and when it is best to let it go.

Myth: You Can Only Sue If You Were Discriminated Against

Wrongful termination is about more than just discrimination, and the law includes the employer’s unlawful conduct in several different areas. If the violation involved public policy claims, the lawsuit can be based on the victim’s rights because the employer abused them. Many claims for wrongful termination involve retaliatory acts, which do not include discriminatory actions. For example, individuals who were fired after participating in a government investigation, calling attention to illegal acts the company was committing, or violating collective bargaining agreements may bring forth a wrongful termination lawsuit against their former employer.

Myth: Independent Contractors Cannot Bring Forth a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

Some employers offer their employees at-will status, similar to independent contractors. While truly independent contractors are more limited with wrongful termination lawsuits than these classified employees, the law still protects them from malicious acts of termination. At-will employees may have the same types of protection as hourly or salaried employees.

Myth: If You Quit, You Forfeit Your Rights to Seek Damages

Employees who are forced to quit because of a hostile work environment can still bring forth wrongful termination lawsuits. Other instances that may force an employee to quit through constructive discharge may be dangerous or intolerable employer practices. If the employer asked or forced to resign, to save face or in disgrace, they still have the right to seek damages for the employer’s wrongful reasoning.

Myth: You Will Never Be Able to Prove Wrongful Termination

Many people doubt that their attorneys can do anything about their wrongful termination because they themselves are unsure how to move forward. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney will be able to assist you every step of the way, and they will have the ability to assist you with proving your claim. The best thing you can do is get into contact with a qualified law firm that specializes in wrongful termination and share the details surrounding your termination. They will be able to guide you towards making the best decision that is in your best interest.

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Have you ever been to Port St. Lucie? You should visit!

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017

Recently, I’ve found myself wanting to visit more places in the great state of Florida. While I’ve been to some of the more popular tourist-type destinations like Miami and Key West, I had never been to the town of Port St. Lucie until my family and I made a trip there recently. What I found was a charming city that is well worth the visit if you are looking for a place to go. Before going on my trip, I looked up some facts about Port St. Lucie and figured out that it was a fantastic place for a family vacation!

According to census bureau population reports (from 2015, so it is a little out of date), Port St. Lucie has about 179,000 residents, making it the 8th largest city in Florida. It is one of the biggest cities in the South Florida with about 179,000 residents, making it the 8th largest city in Florida. It is one of the biggest cities in the South Florida area, and is actually larger than Fort Lauderdale (according to sites about Port St. Lucie).

Port St. Lucie covers about 120 square miles of the eastern coast of Florida and is situated in St. Lucie County (naturally). It is about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, and like much of South Florida, the weather is amazing! The average temperature in August is only 82 degrees, and in the winter, the average is typically in the mid-60s, which makes the climate perfect for retirees and families alike. It is close to the exciting theme park in Orlando or the bustling nightlife of Miami but also features stunning golf courses, a beautiful river, and a vibrant creative community.

Many people chose to move to the area due to the space for building, the relatively low crime rate, and the positivity of people who live in the area. The economy in Port St. Lucie is strong and there are solid plans for growth in the city, which is very attractive for those looking for a good place to move. The city government is effective and people tend to find that the overall quality of life is excellent in the city. With new growth and attractive neighborhoods being developed currently, there is a lot of excitement around the city, and that was definitely palpable when we visited. It felt like people were excited about their city and wanted to move there.

We saw new businesses, shops, law firms, medical spaces, and all sorts of economic activity in Port St. Lucie, which made me wonder if I should start a new business there! My family loved the trip and want to go back someday soon, so perhaps we will consider making this South Florida gem our home in the future. I highly recommend to all of my friends that they at least give the city a chance and go visit sometime in the near future!

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