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HIDALGO COUNTY DEPUTY CONSTABLE’S DISHONORABLE DISCHARGE CORRECTED TO PROPER LICENSE DESIGNATION OF HONORABLE DISCHARGE

A Hidalgo County Deputy Constable (“Officer”) was terminated while on probationary period. Attorneys Alex Guajardo and Roberto M. Garcia represented the Officer’s interests concerning his employment and license. On August 27th, 2018, the Officer’s agency reported his separation to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, the Texas Peace Officer licensing authority, as “Dishonorably Discharged”, the lowest level of separation report. A “Dishonorable Discharge” is reported for allegations of criminal misconduct, or for insubordination or untruthfulness. If left to stand, it creates a serious stain on a peace officer’s license and potentially leads to permanent revocation of that peace officer’s law enforcement license. On September 10th, 2018, Attorneys Guajardo and Garcia immediately filed a Petition to Correct Separation of Licensee Report with the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Just before the case was set for trial, Mr. Guajardo was able to successfully negotiate with the County for the removal of the Dishonorable Discharge report from the Officer’s state license record and replaced with an Honorable Discharge report on his state license. An “Honorably Discharged” reflects an officer’s separation in good standing, and not for a pending or final disciplinary action, or documented performance problem.

If you are a Texas Peace Officer with a reported separation as General Discharge or Dishonorable Discharge and you are inside of 30 days from your receipt of the Separation of Licensee Report, contact the Law Offices of Roberto M. Garcia immediately and speak with Mr. Garcia or Mr. Guajardo for a personal appointment to discuss your case.

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