Almost anybody can view your criminal record in this age of the internet. They do not even need to know where to look themselves because many online firms provide this service for a nominal fee.
Your criminal history can hurt you years later:

•  loss of your current job

•  failure to get hired for a new job

•  turned down for a loan

•  prohibited from volunteering where children are involved

•  excluded from enlistment in the armed services

•  unable to rent or purchase an apartment or home

•  refused an entry visa to a foreign country

•  cast suspition from law enforcement agencies

•  cause embarasment to you and your family

Your Record

One of the best things you can do for yourself is clear your criminal history off of your record. There are three ways that can be done, depending on what you qualify for. The paperwork can be complicated and you generally only get one chance to file it. To clear your record quickly and painlessly, contact our offices today.


1. Expunction

An expunction erases a charge on your criminal record. If you receive one you can claim the incident never happened. Expunctions are granted under Chapter 55 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. You are entitled to an expunction if:

•  you were acquitted,

•  you were convicted and received a pardon, or

•  the case was never prosecuted or has been dismissed (a waiting period may apply).

If your case is expunged it can never be used against you again.


2.  Non-Disclosure

An order for non-disclosure can be granted, in most cases, after completion of deferred adjudication probation (waiting periods apply in some cases). This is governed by Section 411.081 of the Texas Government Code. This order prevents your record from being found by most civilian inquiries, i.e. apartment and job searches. The government can still find and use these records.


3.  Sealing of Juvenile Records

There are many cases where a juvenile record can be sealed under Section 58 of the Texas Family Code. When a juvenile record is sealed all of the agencies holding records pertaining to the crime must turn them over to the District Clerk. These records cannot be opened again unless a Judges orders it in rare circumstance. Once sealed, you do not have to disclose the case in any circumstance.

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You do not have to be convicted to have a criminal record. You may have a criminal history even if you were:

•  acquitted

•  pardoned

•  never prosecuted

•  your case was dismissed

•  a juvenile



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