Expunging Your Criminal Record In Texas
Having a criminal record can have a negative impact on career opportunities and other areas of your life, including your ability to obtain loans, property and college admission. Fortunately, our experienced criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to restoring and protecting your privacy and will do whatever it takes to leave your record in the past.
At Paul Kubosh, Attorney at Law, we are capable of helping our clients file for expungement or petitions for nondisclosure in Texas. With more than five decades of combined experience, our criminal defense team has a thorough understanding of Texas law to help you navigate through the intricacies of the criminal justice system.
Eligibility For Expungement
The definition of expungement is an overall elimination of your criminal record. This means that all related documents and the file itself are destroyed as if your criminal record never existed in the first place.
The eligibility requirements for an expungement in Texas include:
- You were found “not guilty” at trial.
- You were arrested but not charged with a criminal offense.
- Your charge was dismissed.
- Your criminal offense was a minor alcohol-related offense.
- Your criminal offense was a misdemeanor juvenile crime.
- Your conviction was overturned on appeal.
- You were originally charged with identity theft but later convicted the actual offender.
- Your case was dismissed or “no-billed” by the grand jury.
Orders Of Nondisclosure
If you are not eligible to get your record expunged, having it sealed is often the next best option. While an “order of nondisclosure” does not entirely destroy your record, it does remove it from the public eye and make it nearly invisible to nearly all background checks. Your record may be available to Texas police departments and certain government entities, but to the rest of the world, it will be as if your record never existed.
However, you do not qualify to have your record sealed if:
- You have been convicted of or placed on probation for a felony crime
- Your probation was revoked
- Your DWI offense involved a collision or injury to another individual
- You were convicted of a violent crime
Let Us Review Your Criminal Record Today
Obtaining an expungement in Texas requires extensive knowledge of the state’s expungement. With our experienced legal guidance, you can minimize the expungement cost and accelerate the process of sealing your records.
Call 713-491-6977 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Houston office immediately.