Everyone, at some point, has made a bad mistake or has been in the wrong place at the wrong time resulting in trouble.
Unfortunately for some, trouble can result in a criminal record reflecting an arrest, charge or conviction. While most convictions cannot be removed from a person’s record, Texas law does allow individuals to permanently remove information about an arrest, charge or conviction from their permanent records in certain circumstances. This is called an expunction. Once a person’s record is expunged, all information is removed from the criminal record and that person can deny the incident ever occurred.
Records eligible for expunction include:
- An arrest for a crime that was never charged;
- A criminal charge that was ultimately dismissed;
- Certain qualifying misdemeanor juvenile offenses;
- Conviction of a minor for certain alcohol offenses;
- Conviction for Failure to Attend School;
- Arrest, charge or conviction on a person’s record due to identity theft by another individual that was actually arrested, charged or convicted of the crime;
- Conviction for a crime that was later acquitted by the trial court or the Criminal Court of Appeals;
- Conviction for a crime that was later pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the US President.
Even if you don’t qualify for the expunction of your criminal records, you may be able to achieve sufficient results by having your criminal records sealed. See Criminal Record Nondisclosure for more information.
If you are ready for a fresh start, let’s evaluate your circumstances. Attorney Vince Handler will provide you a free consultation. Contact us today.