Are you trying to clear your past criminal record? Our Houston expungement lawyers can help!
Everybody makes mistakes in life. However, some of our mistakes can greatly impact our future. When it comes to criminal records, this impacts your ability to find a job, get into school, getting into relationships, etc. If you would like to seal your criminal records, contact our Houston record sealing lawyer today.
Expunging Criminal Records in Texas
Expunction removes offenses from your criminal record. Expunction is intended for situations where a defendant was never convicted of a crime, or that criminal conviction was overturned at a later date. Innocent people should not have to suffer as the result of mistakes made by the criminal justice system in Texas, or any other state.
Who can get an expungement?
- People charged with a crime and the charges were eventually dismissed
- People tried for a crime but he/she was acquitted
- People convicted of a crime, but the conviction was overturned at a later date
Expunction is available for both felony and misdemeanor offenses.
What is criminal record sealing?
Non-disclosure “seals” a person’s criminal records, so that other people cannot access those records. This is an option in situations where a defendant has completed probation following deferred adjudication. Additionally, the charges against that person also need to have been dismissed. Non-disclosure helps those people who have changed so that they don’t have to permanently pay for the mistakes they made when they were younger.
Non-disclosure may be an option for both felonies and misdemeanors. Non-disclosure is available for felonies only if the defendant has successfully completed the deferred adjudication period. After five years of probation, you may petition for non-disclosure of felonies. As for misdemeanors, you can petition for non-disclosure as soon as you complete a deferred adjudication period.
For other crimes, you must wait two years before petitioning for non-disclosure. These offenses include:
- §42.08: Abuse of a Corpse
- §25.09: Advertising for Placement of a Child
- §22.08: Aiding Suicide
- §22.01: Assault
- §25.01: Bigamy
- §42.092: Cruelty to Animals
- §22.05: Deadly Conduct
- §42.11: Destruction of a Flag
- §42.12: Discharge of a Firearm
- §42.01: Disorderly Conduct
- §42.05: Disrupting Meeting or Procession
- §42.10: Dog Fighting
- §42.06: False Alarm or Report
- §42.07: Harassment
- §25.06: Harboring Runaway Child
- §46.06: Hoax Bombs
- §21.08: Indecent Exposure
- §42.062: Interfering with Emergency Phone Call
- §22.10: Leaving a Child in a Vehicle
- §46.13: Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child
- §42.03: Obstructing a Highway or Other Passageway
- §46.05: Possession, Manufacture, Repair or Sale of Switchblade Knife or Brass Knuckles
- §21.07: Public Lewdness
- §42.02: Riot
- §42.061: Silent or Abusive 911 Calls
- §22.07: Terroristic Threat
- §46.035: Unlawful Carrying of Gun by License Holder
- §46.02: Unlawful Carrying Weapons
- §46.04: Unlawful possession of Firearm
- §22.02: Unlawful Restraint
- §46.06: Unlawful Transfer of Certain Weapons
- §25.071: Violation of Protective Order Preventing Offense Caused by Bias or Prejudice
Offenses Not Eligible for Non-Disclosure
- §21.11: Indecency with a Child
- §22.011: Sexual Assault
- §22.021: Aggravated Sexual Assault
- §25.02: Incest
- §20.04: Aggravated Kidnapping
- Burglary with Intent to Commit Any Above Offenses
- §43.03: Compelling Prostitution
- §43.25: Sexual Performance by a Child
- §43.26: Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography
- Unlawful Restraint, Kidnapping, or Restraint of a Child Less than 17 Years Old
- Attempt, Conspiracy or Solicitation to Commit Any of the Above Offenses
- §19.03: Capital Murder
- §19.02: Murder
- §22.04: Injury to a Child, Elderly or Disabled Individual
- §22.041: Abandoning or Endangering a Child
- §25.07: Violation of Protective Order or Magistrate’s Order
- §42.072: Stalking