Abilene area folks in need of expungement of legal records were assisted during the first Abilene Expunction Clinic co-sponsored by Blizzard and Zimmerman Attorneys.
Blizzard and Zimmerman Attorneys and paralegal Karisa Hagle along with the Big Country Reentry Coalition and these sponsors conducted the first Abilene Expunction Clinic on Friday, May 6, 2022 here in Abilene, Texas.
It was a great success to help folks!
The expunctions under Texas law allow individuals to remove information about an arrest, charge, or conviction from their permanent records in certain circumstances to help them gain employment, education, and housing.
- Big County Reentry Coalition
- Texas Fair Defense Project
- Goodwill West Texas
- Blizzard & Zimmerman Attorneys
- Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas
- Texas Center for Justice and Equity
- Abilene Public Library
Those taking part in the May 6th event had to pre-register for the event. The Coalition hopes to make this an annual event.
The Texas Law Library has more information on expungement and nondisclosures.
In certain cases, Texas individuals are able to have their criminal record expunged (cleared), or they may petition for their records (including juvenile records) to be sealed through a nondisclosure order.
If you were charged with any crime in Texas and were found not guilty by a judge or jury is eligible for expunction.
The link includes references to the areas of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the Texas Government Code, and the Texas Family Code that govern expunctions, orders of nondisclosure, and the sealing of juvenile records.
We do get asked if expunged records show up on a background check. Here in Texas, expunged charges are erased from the record entirely. Sealed records still exist but are not available to the public. Generally, sealed and expunged records will not appear on a background check.
Blizzard and Zimmerman Attorneys handle expungement for individuals. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us for more information.