Expungement - Breaking the Chains

Expungement is a means of cleaning up your criminal record if you’re still paying the consequences for a mistake you made years ago.

Having a criminal record can make it difficult for you to find a job, establish credit, get an apartment, or even qualify for assistance with higher education.

Everyone deserves a second chance.

Expungement is intended to get rid of or clear the record of a wrongfully arrested person, so an expunged record is no longer visible to the general public.

Many types of records can be expunged here in Texas.

Both misdemeanors and felonies can be expunged if:

The felony charge was dropped or dismissed without action (in most cases);

  • You went to trial and were acquitted of the offense;
  • You were convicted of the charge, but later found to be innocent by a court; or.
  • You were pardoned of the offense by the Governor of Texas.

Most offenses that involve children, sexual assault, and violent acts are not eligible for record sealing in Texas.

Also, offenders with a DWI, Driving While Intoxicated, are not eligible to have their offense sealed from their criminal record.

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Art. 55.01 outlines the law on expungement,  more commonly known in legal terms as expunction of criminal records.

The expungement process can take many months from the time of filing until the records are destroyed, but once you receive the signed order of expungement from the judge, you are free to answer “no” if asked on a job application, or by a prospective employer, whether you have ever been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony.

If you don’t qualify for expungement, you may still be able to limit access to your criminal record by seeking an “order of non-disclosure”  which seals your criminal record from the public. The record is still available on a limited basis to several governmental agencies.

Attorney Sarah Durham looks Expungement and Non-Disclosures:

We’ve handled a number of expunction cases, recently including:

  • A case that was successfully expunged for a client who was arrested for Driving Under the Influence as a Minor.
  • Charges were successfully expunged for a client who was originally arrested for Sexual Performance by a Child.
  • We obtained non-disclosure of three of the offenses and expunction of the remaining arrest/offense for a client who had five past arrests and offenses.
  • More of Sarah’s Expungement results are here.

Call today for a consultation on the expungement of your record. Our attorneys will sit down with you one-on-one to review your case and your options for the best possible outcome for your situation.

Related Resources –

The Texas Young Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Texas have more information on expunctions in Texas here.

American Bar Association- What is Expungement?

Disclaimer

The attorneys of Blizzard and Zimmerman work tirelessly to achieve the greatest possible results for each of our clients and their families. Included is a selection of one of our many successful results, settlements, and verdicts. Every case and client is unique and depends upon the individual facts and circumstances of each case. Clients may or may not obtain the same or similar results in each case.