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Expunging Your Record - How the Law Differs in Each State

Mar 23, 2021 - Getting involved in a criminal case by facing charges can affect your entire future. Even if the charges were eventually dropped and you were found innocent of any wrongdoing, the record is open to the general public. Anyone wishing to do a background check can find the criminal record that can affect your chances of getting an education, job, apartment for rent, or mortgage. However, the law permits eligible people to get their record erased like it never existed. And restart life with a clean slate.You’ll Check for Information About the Laws in Your State.Different states have their regulations regarding the procedures for getting an “expungement” or “expunction,” as the process is called. Others allow you to have the records sealed, which means that anyone looking for information about your past would have to get a court order to see the record. This criminal history is also called a “Record of Arrests and Prosecution” or RAP sheet. Alternatively, some records are sealed, but any...
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Attorney Mark O'Mara Discusses the Ongoing Trial of Derek Chauvin

Mar 18, 2021 - Attorney Mark O'Mara who is widely known for the defense of George Zimmerman sat down with Eric Bersano to discuss the trial of Derek Chauvin.  Mr. Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd who was killed on May 25, 2020.  George’s death sparked a series of protests across the country bringing awareness to the mistreatment of people of color by police . Mark O’Mara is especially qualified for this conversation since he is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Law attorney and a Civil Rights lawyer.  He has been on both sides of the courtroom in cases similar to this trial.  Mr. O’Mara references a case he recently worked on where Samuel DuBose was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop.  The officer was acquitted. Mark gives great insights as to how both the defense and prosecution with approach the case.  He covers the likelihood of Derek Chauvin taking the stand, how the video of Mr. Floyd’s death will play throu...
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Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Criminal Lawyer

Mar 15, 2021 - Facing criminal charges is often a daunting and overwhelming experience. Time is of the essence. You may not know what to do or even where to begin, but having the support and guidance of a seasoned criminal lawyer can make all of the difference in your case’s process and outcome. While having a criminal defense attorney by your side will likely help your case, not every lawyer is the best fit for you or your situation. In order to find the best criminal lawyer for you and your case, it is crucial to know what the right questions to ask are. To help you navigate the confusing environment of criminal law, here are a few questions to ask before hiring a criminal lawyer. Have You Handled Previous Cases That Are Similar To Mine? A San Jose criminal defense attorney who has handled multiple cases that are comparable to yours is able to predict potential logistical challenges and legal issues, has potentially built a rapport with the judge that will be overseein...
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