Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 by Brian LaviageThe sudden cultural shift to legalizing cannabis and medical marijuana has left a bitter taste in the mouth of those already convicted of possession. It is a cruel irony that marijuana convictions continue to inflict penalties while the newest round of laws make these same practices legal. This change, while welcomed by advocates, is small consolation to individuals, families and entire communities who faced a relentless decades-long assault from the legal system under the euphemistic War on Drugs.
Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 by Brian LaviageExpungement of a criminal record can greatly improve your life’s outcome, allowing you to attend college, live in student housing, secure professional licensing and certification, land your dream job or even obtain financing for major purchases. As an experienced record clearing lawyer in Texas, one of the main questions the Law Office of Brian S. Laviage is routinely asked is whether or not expunged criminal records will show up on criminal background checks.
Monday, May 20, 2019 by Brian Laviage
If you were referred to a juvenile court for conduct before the age of 17 – even without being taken into custody by law enforcement before the referral – you have a juvenile record in the state of Texas. This includes any Class A or B misdemeanors, felony offenses or conduct indicating a need for supervision (CINS) like underage drinking, truancy or running away.
Friday, Dec 28, 2018 by Brian Laviage
Having a criminal record in Texas often results in negative repercussions, many of which last long after the sentence or fine has occurred and the debt to society repaid. One example is employment related; potential employers often categorically deny jobs to applicants with criminal records. It often doesn’t matter when the arrest occurred or even the relevancy to the job.
Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 by Brian Laviage
To what extent does a criminal history affect international travel? The answer is far from simple.
Some countries require individuals with criminal records to apply in advance for pre-clearance to enter. Others require only a passport for admission, and there is no background check. Permission to enter could depend on the seriousness of the crime.