If you are a Texas resident looking to erase your criminal record, you need the help of a local Houston expungement attorney who understands both state and federal laws regarding sealing criminal records. Everyone makes mistakes. Unfortunately, some mistakes have higher consequences than others, leading to arrests, charges, and convictions. Talk to the criminal defense team at The Law Office of David A. Breston in Houston to discover if it’s possible for the courts to seal your criminal record.
Expungement is the legal process of removing an event from a person’s criminal records and is a relatively routine process in Texas. With legal help, some people have been able to permanently remove information about past arrests, charges, and convictions with relatively minor effort. When the courts expunge a criminal record, it will order the official removal of all information regarding that arrest, charge, or conviction as if the incident never happened.
The first question to ask when pursuing expungement is the type of crime that someone committed; some convictions are not eligible for expungement, but the types that are eligible include:
Even if your case fits the above conditions, it doesn’t necessarily mean expungement. The court may deny an expunction for:
The courts are likely more amenable to expunging eligible records of crimes someone committed as a juvenile. These charges might include a misdemeanor punishable by a fine (if it occurred prior to the age of 17), a conviction for failure to attend school, and an alcoholic beverage code conviction. Juvenile expungement must follow certain procedures as its adult counterparts.
We’ve compiled step-by-step procedures for criminal record expungement in Texas, but any errors in the process can lead to serious consequences, so it is advisable to seek help from an attorney.
Those who are not eligible for expunction can still obtain an Order for Nondisclosure, which will limit the accessibility of their criminal records. This process removes an event or charge from public records. After this process, private parties cannot release or access the records. Records will still be readily available to government agencies, however, and will still be admissible in certain court settings.