Detroit Criminal Attorney Kevin Bessant-Press Release Repost

Detroit Criminal Attorney Kevin Bessant Offers Free Consultations on Expunging Criminal Record

Detroit, MI — (SBWIRE) — 06/05/2013 — Detroit-based law office, Kevin Bessant & Associates, PLLC will provide free legal aid and consultations for individuals in need of expunging their Michigan based criminal records on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Assoicates, 1274 Library St. Suite 304 Detroit, Michigan 48226.

In this tough economic climate, individuals and families in need often have unresolved legal concerns and questions, but lack the financial resources necessary to retain adequate counsel to help resolve their legal matters. Unfortunately, many people are living day to day with a criminal record that has in some way caused a major roadblock towards advancement and progress in their lives. A Criminal Expungement, legally known as an “Application to Set Aside Conviction” may be a solution that clears up obstacles for those with convictions on their record, making it easier to achieve better opportunities and provide a fresh start at life. Michigan Criminal Record Expungement Attorney Kevin Bessant has experienced much success in helping those with criminal records expunge their criminal convictions so that their records are cleared.

The Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates has partnered with several community organizations and employers to provide convicted felons with a second chance opportunity to clear their criminal records and seek gainful employment throughout Metro-Detroit communities. Working hand in hand with local agencies, vendors and employers, the ultimate goal is to provide free resources and legal assistance to those in need of expunging their Michigan Criminal Record.

About Kevin Bessant & Associates, PLLC
At the Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates, PLLC, “Guarding Reputations, Restoring Lives, and Protecting Freedom’s” has continued to be our primary objective by providing superior client services, aggressive representation, and winning results. Attorney Kevin Bessant specializes in Criminal Defense Litigation for persons charged with drunk driving, expungements, domestic violence, weapon offenses, felony and misdemeanor offenses, and Federal crimes. For more information, please visit www.criminaldefensedetroitpllc.com.

CONTACT: Attorney Kevin Bessant
Detroit, Michigan
kbessant@criminaldefensedetroitpllc.com
www.criminaldefensedetroitpllc.com

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House Bill Provides New Hope For A Second Chance For a Michigan Criminal Record Expungement

DETROIT MICHIGAN CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT ATTORNEY

Examining the Pros and Cons of Proposed House Bill 4186

In life, we have all made mistakes and in most cases have been required to endure the consequences of our mistakes. The good news is that for the most part life tends to grant us a second chance or a “reset” to move on from our mistakes and move forward in our life’s goals and ambitions. This has definitely been the case for me and many others.

For persons whose mistakes in life have resulted in one or more brushes with the law, leaving them with multiple criminal convictions, life’s ability to grant them a second chance or reset severely diminishes, leaving these persons with little to no ability to move forward with their life’s goals and dreams.

Currently in Michigan, a person who has a felony conviction along with minor misdemeanor convictions by law are forbidden from having these convictions expunged from their record, resulting in what turns out to be a life sentence of sorts for multiple offenders. These convictions will follow them for the rest of their life, which in turn severely limits their ability to gain meaningful educational and employment opportunities.

Proposed Michigan House Bill 4186 will finally provide the relief multiple offenders seek to have their criminal records expunged, but be mindful it comes with certain pros and cons that will affect Michigan’s current expungement law.

Some felons could get records erased under bill heading to Michigan House – Lansing State Journal

Saginaw State Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes’ conviction expunging bill passes … – The Saginaw News – MLive.com

The invisible sentence? Michigan bill would allow more convicts to expunge … – MLive.com

PROS of House Bill 4186:

  • A person with a felony conviction and no more than two misdemeanor convictions can now seek an expungement. (Previously, a person with a felony conviction and misdemeanor conviction was barred from seeking an expungement).
  • A person with no felony conviction, but no more than two misdemeanor convictions can now seek an expungement of the misdemeanor convictions. (Previously, a person with more than 1 misdemeanor conviction was barred from seeking an expungement)
  • Deferred Sentencing/Dismissals that still appear on a persons public record are eligible for an expungement.

CONS and Limitations of House Bill 4186:

  • A person with a felony domestic violence conviction who also has a prior misdemeanor domestic violence conviction is barred from seeking an expungement.
  • Convictions of Driving While Intoxicated are still not eligible for an expungement.
  • A person is not eligible for an expungement until 5 years from either:
  1. The Date of Sentence
  2. Successful Completion of Probation
  3. Discharge from Parole
  4. Completion of Imprisonment
  • A copy of a person’s expunged record will still be made available to the Michigan Department of Corrections if that person seeks employment via this agency.

If Proposed House Bill 4186 passes, this bill would create a great amount of opportunity for persons with multiple convictions to not only seek an expungement, but to finally be able to become productive members of society by finding meaningful employment, careers and educational opportunities without their criminal backgrounds holding them back. A person who has demonstrated a positive rehabilitation from their criminal past should be afforded the opportunity to have that past cleansed, and Proposed House Bill 4186 allows just that.

A Criminal Expungement, legally known as an “Application to Set Aside Conviction” may be a solution that clears up obstacles for those with convictions on their record, making it easier to achieve better opportunities and provide a fresh start at life. Michigan Criminal Record Expungement Attorney Kevin Bessant has experienced much success in helping those with criminal records Set Aside their criminal convictions so that their records are cleared.

Setting Aside a Conviction or “Expungement” refers to the legal process of removing a prior criminal conviction from public record with the Michigan State Police criminal database. If you plead “guilty,” “no contest,” or were found guilty in court of a misdemeanor or felony offense,drug crimeweapons offensecriminal assault or domestic violence, you may be eligible to have your criminal conviction expunged from public record. An expungement allows criminal offenders who satisfy the requirements of Michigan Law, to set aside that  criminal conviction. Do not waste any more time fearing a criminal background check; being denied employment; or having your future dreams dashed due to your criminal past. Act now and expunge your record today!!

Progress in Detroit: One Step Forward or Two Steps Back?

Detroit Criminal Lawyer: What’s in Store For the Future of Detroit?

As someone who was born and raised in the City of Detroit, I, along with many others can say with certainty that this past week has been one of the most eventful weeks in Detroit news and politics in quite some time. From the governor of Michigan mandating a Emergency Financial Manager to oversee Detroit’s financial woes, to the ending of a decade long federal corruption investigation resulting in the criminal convictions of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and others, no one is quite sure if Detroit is moving forward towards progress, backwards towards further destruction, or simply in a standstill with no movement at all.

Kwame Kilpatrick Conviction and EFM

Kwame Kilpatrick undoubtedly had the intelligence, charisma, and political savvy to do great things as Mayor in the City of Detroit. Yesterday’s criminal convictions for bribery, racketeering, and a host of other criminal charges represents much more than just a stay in prison for a man who had such a bright political future. What it means for a city desperate for change, and a citizenry broken and mislead from years of a city government who pilfered and stole from the people, is a chance to finally move on.

Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Convicted On Corruption Charges – NPR (blog)

NPR (blog)Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Convicted On Corruption ChargesNPR (blog)… Kilpatrick on his way into court Monday in Detroit. Regina H. Boone /MCT /Landov. Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, once a rising star in the Democratic Party …

But move on to what? An upcoming mayoral race where the candidates will be heavily scrutinized not so much on their political aspirations and goals for the city, but whether or not they have the requisite integrity and compassion to not engage in corruption and bribes while in office? A public who voted against the Governor’s authority to mandate a Financial Emergency Manager, but has still been forced to accept one whose coronation and appointment is imminent? Citizens who remain either unemployed, underemployed, or have been forced to accept pay-cuts,furlough days, and a loss of benefits and contractual rights as a condition for continued employment? A police and fire department who have gone on record several times admitting that they do not have the money, man-power and resources necessary to provide adequate safety and protection against crime? If this represents the future of Detroit, then this sounds more like a state of confusion and despair than a beacon of progress and change.

What it would mean for Detroit: Questions, answers on emergency financial … – Detroit Free Press

Detroit residents protest emergency financial manager law – Michronicleonline

Blame Game or Forward Thinking?

While there is more than enough blame and pointing of fingers to go around for Detroit’s current economic and political crisis, the only thing that is going to push Detroit forward towards a stronger and vibrant future will be the implementation of “forward thinking”. Gone are the days where the citizens of Detroit point the finger at City Council, and City Council in turn points the finger at the Mayor, and the Mayor then points the finger at everyone else leaving no one to take true ownership and accountability for Detroit’s problems.

Forward thinking replaces blame with action;argument with discussions;crisis with game plans and executions;problems with solutions;and a state of destitution with a state of progression. Who cares if the Emergency Financial Manager was “unelected” so long as he or she has the requisite skills and fortitude to bring Detroit’s finances out of the red and back into the black? Who cares if the Mayor is White, Black, or Brown, so long as he or she is able to restore governance, accountability, and democracy in the city’s decision-making and execution of its mission? Hopefully, no one will care about these things because “we the people” will be busy self-educating and training ourselves to become a more skilled and trained workforce made up of educators, professionals, entrepreneurs, parents, students, children, etc..,

Detroit Regional Chamber CEO: Kwame Kilpatrick trial overshadowed city’s … – MLive.com

‘Saving’ Detroit A Difficult Goal As City Grapples With Cuts, Fiscal Crisis … – Huffington Post

So what will the history books write about the City of Detroit 50 years from now? Will they still read of the same old clichés of “Motown”, “The Big 3”, “Foreclosures” and “Homicide Rates”. Or will we finally read of a city who pulled itself up from ruin to become a model and roadmap for other cities to design and model itself after to achieve true progress? Hopefully, with good health and faith, we will all be around to read about it!