The Clearing Of Criminal Records In Texas
You have goals and hopes for the future. Unfortunately, a criminal record can prevent those dreams from becoming reality. Anytime a potential employer, loan officer, school or even apartment rental company performs a background check, your criminal record will show up. You can be sure it will affect your ability to move forward in life. Fortunately, Texas law allows people to clear or seal their records. At The Herrmann Law Firm, we have vast experience helping people seek expunction or nondisclosures. To see if you qualify for either process, call our office in Amarillo at 806-553-1912.
The Expunction Services We Provide
With expungement, also referred to as expunction, a criminal record is completely erased. All information associated with the arrest is destroyed. Once your record is expunged, you can legally deny that the arrest occurred. Not everyone is eligible for expungement. If you were found not guilty; if you were found guilty but the decision was later overturned; if the charge against you was dismissed; or if you were pardoned by the governor, you may be able to clear your record.
Nondisclosure — Now More Attainable And Affordable
New Texas legislation has made nondisclosures more attainable and affordable. If you successfully completed your deferred adjudication probation, or your jail sentence/probation for certain misdemeanor convictions, you may qualify for an order of nondisclosure. This order seals your criminal record to the public. While it does not eliminate the criminal case information, nondisclosure prohibits its release to private employers, landlords, creditors and others. However, certain law enforcement and governmental agencies will still be able to access the information. Most jurisdictions do not require a court hearing on a nondisclosure petition.
Do You Qualify For Criminal Record Sealing Or Expunction?
To discuss your eligibility, speak with our Amarillo expungement attorney. Our lawyer is a former felony prosecutor who is board-certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has more than 32 years of legal experience. Contact us to arrange a free initial consultation. Our office is located downtown Amarillo. Our hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. Credit cards are accepted.