Erasing Your Criminal Record: Expunctions In Texas
An arrest and/or a criminal conviction can have an impact that may follow you for the rest of your life, making it difficult to find employment and housing, as well as having other long-lasting consequences.
The good news is that it’s possible to erase or seal the record of an arrest or a criminal conviction, as long as you meet certain requirements set forth by the State of Texas. A skilled lawyer can help guide you through this process and provide you with more information about possibly erasing or sealing your criminal record. Lackey Law Firm, P.C., is committed to helping people protect and restore their rights when they enter the criminal justice system.
What Types Of Crimes Are Eligible For Expunction?
In general, it can be easier to remove misdemeanor charges from your record than felonies, depending on the nature of the charges and the outcome of the case. A wide range of crimes are potentially eligible for expunction, including:
- DWI/DUI Charges
- Public Intoxication Charges
- Theft Charges
- Assault, Trespass, Harassment and Threat Charges
- Arson, Robbery and Burglary Charges
- Drug Crimes
- Weapons Charges
In addition to certain arrests that result in plea bargains, it might be possible to purge an arrest record if you were never ultimately charged with a crime or if your charges were eventually dismissed. It is important to keep in mind that these records will not go away on their own, even if you are never convicted. It is up to you to request an expunction of your arrest history.
Sealing Records And Orders Of Nondisclosure
Even if you do not qualify for an expunction, you may still pursue an order of nondisclosure or request that your criminal record be sealed, in some cases. This option is used most often for people who have completed deferred adjudication. In other words, if you entered a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” which was deferred by the Court in exchange for requirements such as community service or supervision, you may be eligible to request that your record be sealed.
A sealed record differs from an expunction in that your record will not be entirely erased. Some government agencies and any other entities specified in your agreement may still be able to view your criminal history.
Contact An Attorney To Learn More About Putting Your Past Behind You
You do not have to be haunted forever by your past mistakes. Lackey Law Firm, P.C., can explore your options for erasing or sealing a criminal record. To schedule a consultation, call the firm’s main office in Austin or the firm’s Fredericksburg location at 888-705-0307. You may also complete the online contact form.
*Main office is located in Austin, Texas. All office locations are staffed by appointment only.