We all go to great lengths to protect our private information, but often overlook one of the most important elements, our criminal record. The security of our social security numbers, credit card numbers, and important legal documents are of utmost importance because of the rising risk of identity theft. However, our legal backgrounds sometimes contain information that would be detrimental to our personal and professional lives if revealed. If you have ever been charged with or convicted of a crime, the details are visible to potential employers, law enforcement, and anyone else who conducts a thorough background check on you. Contact an expungement attorney who can conduct a thorough background check for you, and get your record cleared ASAP.
What if I was charged with a misdemeanor or felony and the charges were dismissed or I was found not guilty?
If you have ever been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, the charges are probably still on your record. Criminal charges do not disappear from public record when you are found not guilty or the charges are dismissed. Even if you were not convicted of a crime, law enforcement probably has a record of the charges. Your expunction lawyer can simply file a petition to clear your name, and you will be on your way to enjoying all the benefits of a spotless record in no time.
What if I am not eligible for an expunction?
Not to worry. If you are ineligible for an expunction you have another alternative. Your expunction lawyer can file a petition for non-disclosure with the court to have your record permanently sealed. When your record is sealed, you can legally deny all allegations.
Am I eligible if I plead guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor or felony?
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Yes. If you plead guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor of felony charge and received deferred adjudication, you can still have your record sealed. If you received deferred adjudication and successfully completed it, you are entitled to have your record sealed. Misdemeanor charges require a two year waiting period and felony charges require a five year waiting period.
Why should I get my record expunged?
Your criminal background has far reaching implications, and can affect one’s ability to get student loans, get a job, get an apartment or house, earn trade certificates, and participate in children’s activities. Teachers, medical professionals, counselors, lawyers, architects, contractors, commercial drivers, and countless others cannot work in Texas without a clean record. Criminal records impact your voting rights, housing options, job opportunities, and educational possibilities.
How much does it cost to get my record expunged?
Record expunctions are one of the least expensive legal procedures, and the rewards you receive from your small investment exponentially outweigh the dollar amount. The fees vary depending on the number of charges in question, as well as the severity and time since the incident.
How long does it take to get my record expunged?
It will take a few months for the legal process to run its course, but a clean record is well worth it in the end. Once your record is expunged, it will remain clear of any previous allegations. Sealed records will also remain unobtainable indefinitely.