Do You Have a Conviction You Would Like Expunged?
Looney, Smith & Conrad, P.C., Criminal Defense Law Firm
Since 1995 criminal defense trial attorney Paul Looney has litigated
60 criminal jury trials with zero final convictions
What is Conviction Expungement?
The legal definition of expunction means that the court destroys the records of both the arrest and any court proceedings so that neither are viewable by anyone.
Under Texas law, a person is allowed to expunge an arrest if the case did not end in a conviction or some type of community supervision.
A person can also expunge class C misdemeanors if it resulted in a successful completion of a deferred adjudication.
Benefits of Expunging a Conviction
It is against Texas law to use expunged records by any entity "for any purpose."
The person with the expunged records can deny the arrest and the existence of the expunged records, and even the expunction order itself, unless being questioned under oath in a criminal court (at which time they can simply reply that the matter has been expunged). This even includes when applying for government and law enforcement jobs.
How Long Does It Take to Get to Expunge a Conviction?
The courts operate on a "first come, first served" basis, so the quicker a person begins the process, the quicker the record is expunged and the person's record is cleared.
With the growing use of public records (more than 80 percent of employers conduct background checks), expunction is definitely a important investment. It is typical in Texas for the entire expunction process to take about 6 months.
For assistance with expunging your criminal record, contact at Looney, Smith & Conrad, P.C. at 281-597-8818.
Our criminal record expungement lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Non-Disclosure ('Sealing') of Criminal Records
Non-Disclosure is different than expunction. An expunction order requires the destruction of all references and records of the person's case from public records. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) must also request any federal repository to return any copies to the DPS, which then destroys them. The actual court record ordering the expunction is itself destroyed 60 days to 1 year after issuance of the order.
A non-disclosure requires the DPS to send a copy of the non-disclosure order to all law enforcement agencies, jails, and other entities that are typically given a copy of these types of activities. Places where the non-disclosure order is sent are then ordered to seal the records, but not to destroy them. These facilities cannot disclose the offense, but must retain the records. The prior criminal record can be used against the person in a subsequent prosecution. A person's case is eligible for only one of these two services and the eligible service is based on the sentence given for that case.
Expunging Your Criminal Record
An Expungement Attorney can ensure that the expunction or non-disclosure action is done properly and completely the first time so that it does not get rejected or involve months of delay, can handle any objections from the district attorney, and to have the attorney in court to argue anything needed.
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