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Don’t Let Your Past Hurt Your Future

Living with a Texas criminal record can be extremely difficult. Texas makes criminal records available to the public via individual counties, and also the Texas Department of Public Safety, meaning that your personal information can be accessed by anybody with an Internet connection and a few dollars.

This availability may obviously severely limit your opportunities to get the job or housing you want, but a Texas criminal record can also make other things difficult as well, such as obtaining professional licensing and traveling. Fortunately, Texas law allows for the sealing, expungement and setting aside of many criminal records. However, many Texans do not understand their rights, and many more have few resources to take advantage of these post-conviction remedies.

Know Your Options

Texas provides a few methods to deal with a criminal record, so it’s important to review the specific circumstances surrounding the offenses on your criminal record to determine your best options. This area of Texas law has undergone quite a bit of changes over the last decade, so it can be hard to keep up with all the changes.  For example, until very recently, you could not seal or expunge DWI convictions, which is now possible thanks to House Bill 3016.

Texas generally allows for the expungement, sealing, and setting aside of arrest records, misdemeanor convictions, and felony convictions in many situations. It’s very important to understand what the best approach is for you, though.

The most common remedies to deal with a criminal record in Texas include:

Texas Expungements: Texas law allows for the expungement of criminal records for most arrests and dismissed cases, and certain types of minor misdemeanor deferred adjudication sentences. An expungement completely erases the arrest and case records held by state and local criminal record databases, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies. 

Texas Record Sealing:Texas law allows for the sealing, or non-disclosure, of criminal records for most deferred adjudication sentences, and certain types of misdemeanor convictions, including most DUI convictions. Similar to expungements, the non-disclosure order fully seals the arrest and case records held by state and local criminal record databases, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies.

Texas Conviction Set Asides: Texas law allows for certain types of felony convictions to be dismissed and setaside. This form of relief sets aside the conviction and dismisses the charges. The case remains public record; however, the case is no longer considered a conviction. Setting aside a felony conviction will often also restore your firearm rights.  

Texas Juvenile Record Sealing: The Texas Family Code allows for most misdemeanors and certain felonylevel juvenile offenses to be sealed. A sealed juvenile record is treated as if it did not exist and removed from statewide criminal history databases. 

On the service-specific pages linked above, we review and explain information about these post-conviction remedies in more detail, covering both how to qualify and the effects for each of them.

This Information is for You

Since the majority of people reading this aren’t lawyers, we’ve tried to simplify the legal jargon on our website, so regular people may follow along and get the information needed to understand their rights. However, before we get started, we should be clear that some of this information can get complicated, and, in many cases, it’s best to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer.

To help you understand your rights, our lawyers have developed a tool that can be helpful in figuring out your options. This tool can’t be perfectly accurate in every situation, but our lawyers have invested substantial time and resources working to make it as accurate as possible.

You can get started by using our Secure Eligibility Test, or you can give us a call at (844) 947-3732 to see if our legal staff is available for a free consultationBe aware that our staff is often busy with current clients and a high volume of calls and appointments. If you’re serious about getting rid of your record, your best bet is to take our Secure Eligibility Test and then schedule an appointment to discuss your results and options.

Advantages of Expunging, Sealing, and Setting Aside Your Records

Although Texas law doesn’t actually use the term expungement (it uses the term Expunction instead)Texas law permits you to seal certain misdemeanor convictions, set aside both misdemeanor and felony convictions, seal cases with deferred adjudication sentences, expunge arrest records and some convictions, and also seal a variety of juvenile records. 

How will expunging, sealing, or setting aside my conviction or arrest record help me get a job?  

The exact effect depends on which post-conviction remedy, but all three permit you to legally state that you have not been convicted of a crime, which will substantially help you with employment. Expunctions result in a complete destruction of your records, so they’re the preferred method, as nobody will be able to get to them again (in most cases). Record sealing has the same practical effect in most cases, but there are certain Texas criminal justice and licensing agencies that can obtain special access to your records. This is a limited group of agencies, and even with them, a sealed record still offers valuable benefits. If you want more information on what state agencies can access sealed records, visit our Record Sealing Page

Conviction setasides will generally appear in a background check, but it will appear as a dismissed case instead of a conviction. Obtaining a setaside indicates that you’re no longer a “criminal” and releases you from the judgement of guilt. Unfortunately, it does not completely destroy or remove your record from the public record. Instead, when you are granted a setaside, the court vacates your conviction and dismisses the charges.

Will expunging, sealing, or setting aside my conviction and arrest records restore Second Amendment Right to own and possess a firearm?

Texas is an interesting state when it comes to restoring firearm rights. When convicted of a felony, the State of Texas will take away your firearm rights, however, they are automatically restored after 5 years has passed since completing your sentence. Yet, when your rights are restored, they are only restored for the premises at which you live. Further, restoration from the state has no effect on your federal firearm rights, and federal law enforcement could still conceivably prosecute you for possession of a firearm. Currently, the only way to restore your firearm rights in Texas is by setting aside your conviction or obtaining a pardon from the Governor.

Expunctions are typically only available in situations that did not result in a finding of guilt. Therefore, a charge that is eligible to  expunge would not have restricted your firearm rights initially, and the expungement won’t have an effect on your firearm rights.  Unfortunately, sealing a record does not restore firearm rightsIf there is not another reason that your firearm rights have been taken away, setting aside a conviction that removed your firearm rights should restore them.

We will go into more detail regarding restoring Second Amendment rights when discussing Conviction Set Asides, but restoration typically involves both state and federal law that should be handled by an experienced lawyer. The lawyers in our firm regularly handle complex firearm rights restoration issues, so a good first step in exploring whether you can restore your firearm rights would be to take our Secure Eligibility Test. Then, if appropriate, set up a time to speak with our legal staff about how to proceed.

What You Need to Do to Get Rid of Your Record

If you are tired of having a criminal record hold you back, reach out to us by taking our Secure Eligibility Test or by giving us a call at (844) 947-3732. Our law firm has helped thousands of people with criminal records move on in life, leaving many of the negative effects of a criminal record behind.  Our experienced attorneys and legal staff are here to help you figure out what criminal record clearing services best fit your needs, and then help you accomplish your goals.  Using our secure, confidential Eligibility Test is the best way to get the process started.

Some of the potential benefits of expunging your criminal record in Texas include:

  • Removing a finding of guilt from your criminal record to help you get a better job  
  • Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for 
  • Restoring your Second Amendment Right to bear arms  
  • No longer being treated as a felon 
  • Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs 
  • Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities 
  • Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources 

Each of Texas’s methods for dealing with your criminal record have different requirements and are meant for different circumstances.  To move forward, it’s important to determine what Texas criminal record services are available to you, and then select the services that will provide the greatest benefit. Eastman Meyler, PC is here to help you navigate this very specific area of Texas criminal law, fight to protect your rights, and assist you in moving forward in life without the effects of a Texas criminal record.

You can trust that you will get exceptional service from our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo list our attorneys as Super Lawyers and Superb Attorneys.  Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all Texas state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!

Click Here to Read Our Frequently Asked Questions in Texas Regarding Expungements
What exactly is a Texas Order of Nondisclosure in Texas?

If you obtain a Texas Order of Nondisclosure (also known having your record sealed) pursuant to Tex GV Code Ann. 411.081, the court will issue a judicial order to prevent criminal justice agencies from sharing sensitive information from your criminal record with the public. In other words, the details of your criminal record will remain available to certain criminal justice agencies, but they will be “sealed” and otherwise unavailable to most everyone else.

Why should I hire your firm instead of doing this on my own?

Having your record sealed by obtaining a Texas Order of Nondisclosure is not an easy process – there are many subtle rules that need to be followed for you to be successful. Hiring us to obtain a Texas Order of Nondisclosure on your behalf will give you peace of mind, ensuring it is done correctly and as quickly as possible, and increasing your chances of success. We will handle any objections the District Attorney may present, send a licensed attorney to argue your case in court if need be, and write letters to potential employers indicating that your case has been reopened and is in the process of being removed from your criminal record.

Does your firm offer payment plans?

Yes! We understand that this process can be expensive, and many of our clients do not have the financial resources to pay the full fee in one payment. We will work with you to find a payment plan that works for you, but please note that we will not complete the process until full payment is made. Please visit our page on Payment Plans and Pricing for more information.

Do I qualify for an Expungement?

Texas law generally permits expungement when:
You were never charged with a crime after the arrest;
Your case was dismissed and the applicable waiting period has elapsed;
You received deferred prosecution and were not arrested during the time required by your plea agreement;
You were acquitted or found not guilty; or
You have a qualifying class C misdemeanor with deferred adjudication which you have complied with.

What do you need from me to get started?

The best way to get started is to contact us to get the conversation started – each case is unique, and we feel talking with our clients is the best way to get to know them, their circumstances, and how we can best help them to clear up their criminal record.

What is the difference between deferred adjudication and deferred prosecution?

Deferred adjudication is a type of sentence imposed by a judge that usually puts you on diversion or probation. Once the terms of your probation are satisfied, the judge dismisses your case and defers the guilty plea, which is not considered a guilty plea or conviction under Texas law. Successful completion of deferred adjudication often will allow you to obtain a Texas Order of Nondisclosure, but not a Texas Expungement. Deferred prosecution is a type of pre-trial diversion that results in a dismissal if you successfully complete the terms of the plea agreement. As dismissals typically qualify for expungement, if you successfully complete the terms of your deferred prosecution, you may qualify for a Texas Expungement. Deferred adjudication and deferred prosecution are commonly misunderstood terms – even by judges and attorneys! If you have any doubt as to what type of plea agreement you accepted, please contact us today and one of our licensed expungement attorneys will provide you with a free review your criminal history.

What will show up in a criminal background check after I get an Expungement?

Nothing. After we get you an expungement, the sensitive information expunged from your criminal record will be removed from both the public record and also the numerous commercial background databases online.An expungement order will prevent the release, dissemination, maintenance, or use of the expunged records for all purposes. We will enforce your expungement order on government agencies, and will then demand commercial background check databases do the same. Unlike other law firms, we will use the expedited expungement enforcement service to demand your expungement is enforced at no additional charge. Most other law firms either do not offer such services, meaning your information may remain on background check databases for up to one year. The law firms that do offer such services charge hundreds of dollars to enforce your expungement order on background search databases. We recognize the importance of enforcing your expungement on both government and private entities, and feel hidden fees are deceptive.Enforcement of your expungement order typically takes about one month, however, when time is of the utmost importance, we offer expedited services to enforce your expungement within two weeks, and extended reputation monitoring services to ensure these commercial databases do not inadvertently put your information back online when purchasing new bulk information.

What can I tell employers and landlords, and write on applications once I get an Expungement?

When filling out an application for employment, housing, or almost anything else, you can indicate that you have not been arrested or convicted of the expunged criminal record. If you have a record, you know how important checking NO on an application that asks “Have you been arrested or convicted of a crime” can be.

Do I have to disclose my expunged criminal record to become a school teacher, nurse, or other occupation?

No. Once your criminal record is expunged, it is destroyed and will not need to be disclosed for employment purposes, except in very narrow cases such as employment with certain government agencies.

Click Here to Read Our Frequently Asked Questions in Texas Regarding Record Sealing / Order of Nondisclosure
What exactly is a Texas Order of Nondisclosure in Texas?

If you obtain a Texas Order of Nondisclosure (also known having your record sealed) pursuant to Tex GV Code Ann. 411.081, the court will issue a judicial order to prevent criminal justice agencies from sharing sensitive information from your criminal record with the public. In other words, the details of your criminal record will remain available to certain criminal justice agencies, but they will be “sealed” and otherwise unavailable to most everyone else.

Why should I hire your firm instead of doing this on my own?

Having your record sealed by obtaining a Texas Order of Nondisclosure is not an easy process – there are many subtle rules that need to be followed for you to be successful. Hiring us to obtain a Texas Order of Nondisclosure on your behalf will give you peace of mind, ensuring it is done correctly and as quickly as possible, and increasing your chances of success. We will handle any objections the District Attorney may present, send a licensed attorney to argue your case in court if need be, and write letters to potential employers indicating that your case has been reopened and is in the process of being removed from your criminal record.

Does your firm offer payment plans?

Yes! We understand that this process can be expensive, and many of our clients do not have the financial resources to pay the full fee in one payment. We will work with you to find a payment plan that works for you, but please note that we will not complete the process until full payment is made. Please visit our page on Payment Plans and Pricing for more information.

Do I qualify to have my record sealed by getting a Texas Order of Nondisclosure?

Record sealing in Texas is generally available to those who have received deferred adjudication probation, successfully completed its terms, and the applicable waiting period (if required by the offense) has passed.You will typically NOT qualify to have your record sealed if:
You have been convicted or placed on probation for another offense
You received a final conviction
You were found guilty of a lesser included offense
You were placed on regular probation
You received a time served sentence
Your charge was for domestic violence, a sex offense, stalking, injury to a child or the elderly, murder, aggravated kidnapping, or another ineligible crime
Felony cases typically have a five year waiting period, while most misdemeanors do not have a waiting period, and may be filed immediately after successfully completing the terms of your deferred adjudication. However, there are some more serious misdemeanors that require a two year waiting period before you may apply for a Texas Order of Nondisclosure. If applicable, the waiting period begins the date you completed your deferred adjudication.
These rules can be complex, so we encourage you to contact our experienced attorneys to see if you qualify to have your record sealed—we are happy to provide a free consultation to let you know what your options are to clear your criminal record.

What is the difference between deferred adjudication and deferred prosecution?

Deferred adjudication is a type of sentence imposed by a judge that usually puts you on diversion or probation. Once the terms of your probation are satisfied, the judge dismisses your case and defers the guilty plea, which is not considered a guilty plea or conviction under Texas law. Successful completion of deferred adjudication often will allow you to obtain a Texas Order of Nondisclosure, but not a Texas Expungement.Deferred prosecution is a type of pre-trial diversion that results in a dismissal if you successfully complete the terms of the plea agreement. As dismissals typically qualify for expungement, if you successfully complete the terms of your deferred prosecution, you may qualify for a Texas Expungement.Deferred adjudication and deferred prosecution are commonly misunderstood terms – even by judges and attorneys! If you have any doubt as to what type of plea agreement you accepted, please contact us today and one of our licensed attorneys specializing in Criminal Record Clearing Services will provide you with a FREE consultation.

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  • Get the job you want and make more money
  • Travel internationally without worrying
  • Reduce the cost of loans and insurance
  • Quit worrying about what people will find in a background check
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  • Put your past mistakes behind you

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