Expunction Changes

Changes coming for Expunctions in Texas?   Having a criminal record expunged can be life-changing. An expunction (also called expungement) allows a person to get rid of all records of an arrest and conviction. It can have wide-ranging implications, from gun permits, to apartment applications, to (perhaps most importantly) the job search. In Texas, expunctions …

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Part 3 – A Proposal for Reform of Coercive Plea Bargain Practices

A large discrepancy between the charged crime and a plea offer indicates a situation in which the prosecutor is overcharging. In these cases, it is likely that the charge is a coercive tactic, designed to force the defendant into taking a plea deal. Under present conditions, a defendant in such a case has no legal …

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