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What is Marital Privilege? PDF Print E-mail
Written by B. Clark, Esq.   
Monday, 11 February 2013 21:00

"....fostering the harmony and sanctity of the marriage relationship"

Marital privilege is not a commonly used criminal law procedure but almost every person has heard that a wife can not testify against her husband and like wise a husband can not testify against his wife.  Although, people’s basic understanding of spousal is correct, there are many details that most people are not aware of as it relates to marital privilege.   In the U.S. Supreme Court case, Trammel v. United States, the Supreme Court said the justification for having spousal privilege is it perceived role in fostering the harmony and sanctity of the marriage relationship.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 February 2013 14:25
Expungement of Your Arrest Record and Criminal Charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gregory Smith   
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:04

            Any one who has an arrest or been charged with a crime fully understand the many ways the records of these unfortunate circumstances can affect you and your entire life style. It can affect your ability to get a job or if you are already employed it may hamper your chances of getting promoted. In fact a criminal record may even prevent your from being able to obtain a loan from a bank or being able to rent an apartment. There are many other embarrassing situations which will come in your way and it will lead your life into a miserable situation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2012 16:11
Expungement - How Long Does it Take to Expunge a Criminal Record? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris S. Work   
Friday, 03 February 2012 15:54

By Chris S Work

An expungement is a legal procedure where someone who is a first time offender tries to have the records of their offense sealed by the courts, thus making them unable to be seen in police and federal criminal databases. When the record is sealed, the legal term commonly used is that it has been "expunged", essentially making it as if it never even happened. You should not get the terms "expunge" and "pardon" confused however, as they both mean very different things in the legal system. When a criminal record is expunged, as far as everyone is concerned, the record never existed in the first place. If someone is granted a pardon, they essentially given forgiveness, but the record still remains on their profile and is never erased.