Are You a Candidate for Record Expunction?
We all go through great lengths to protect our private information, but often overlook one of the most important and powerful elements of our personal profiles. The security of our social security numbers, credit card numbers, and important legal documents are of utmost importance because of the rising risk of identity theft. However, our legal backgrounds sometimes contain information that would be detrimental to our personal and professional lives if revealed. If you have ever been charged with or convicted of a crime, the details are visible to potential employers, law enforcement, and anyone else who conducts a thorough background check on you. Contact an expungement attorney who can conduct a thorough background check for you, and get your record cleared ASAP.
What if I was charged with a misdemeanor or felony but the charges were dropped or I was not convicted?
If you have ever been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you probably have remnants of the event haunting your background profile. Criminal allegations do not disappear from public record when you are found not guilty or the charges are dropped. Even if you were not convicted of a crime, law enforcement probably has a record of the events on file that are visible. Your expunction lawyer can simply file a case to clear your name, and you will be on your way to enjoying all the benefits of a spotless record in no time.
What if I am not eligible for an expunction?
Not to worry. If you are ineligible for an expunction you have another alternative. Your expungement lawyer can file a petition for non-disclosure with the court to have your record permanently sealed. When your record is sealed, you can legally deny all allegations.
Am I eligible if I plead guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor or felony?
Yes. If you plead guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor of felony charge and received deferred adjudication, you can still have your record sealed. If the charge is your first offense and not a DWI, you are likely entitled to have your record sealed after two years. The circumstances of the case and your prior convictions and charges have a bearing on your eligibility.
How far back can my record be expunged?
The statute of limitations may limit your ability to get your criminal record expunged. The statute of limitations varies, but we have been successful in getting immediate expunctions for most of our clients. The faster you initiate the expunction process the better, as you do not want criminal charges on your record when you are eligible for an expunction.
Why should I get my record expunged?
Your criminal background has far reaching implications, and can affect one’s ability to get student loans, get a job, get an apartment or house, earn trade certificates, and participate in children’s activities. Teachers, medical professionals, counselors, lawyers, architects, contractors, commercial drivers, and countless others cannot work in Texas without a clean record. Criminal records impact your voting rights, housing options, job opportunities, and educational possibilities.
How much does it cost to get my record expunged?
Record expunctions are one of the least expensive legal procedures, and the rewards you receive from your small investment exponentially outweigh the dollar amount. The fees vary depending on the number of allegations in question, as well as the severity and time since the incident.
How long does it take to get my record expunged?
It will take a few months for the legal process to run its course, but a clean record is well worth it in the end. Once your record is expunged, it will remain clear of any previous allegations. Sealed records will also remain unobtainable indefinitely.