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Texas Criminal Expungement & Record Sealing

Living with a Texas criminal record can be extremely difficult. Texas makes criminal records particularly available to the public, meaning that your personal information can be accessed by anybody with an internet connection and a few dollars to spend. This can greatly limit your ability to obtain housing, apply for a job, or carry out other important life goals. Fortunately, Texas allows for the sealing and expungement of many criminal offenses so that you can put these mistakes in the past.

WipeRecord, a division of Eastman Meyler, PC, is proudly headquartered in Austin, Texas and we have helped many individuals in the Lone Star State. Our Law Firm is committed to restoring and protecting your privacy, and will work relentlessly to help you leave your record in the past.

How to Remove Your Texas Record

If you have a criminal record in Texas, there are a few options available to help your case. It’s important to know which law pertains to your situation – which is why we’re here to help. Our firm offers the following legal services in Texas:

  • Texas Criminal Record Expungement: Texas State law allows for expungement of criminal records for most arrests and dismissed cases, and certain types of minor misdemeanor deferred adjudication sentences. The expungement fully 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 Criminal Record Sealing: Texas State law allows for sealing, or non-disclosure, of criminal records for most deferred adjudication sentences, and certain types of misdemeanor convictions, including most DUI convictions. The non-disclosure 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 Aside: Texas State law allows for certain types of felony convictions to be dismissed and set aside. The dismissal and set aside sets aside the conviction and dismisses the charges. The case remains public record; however, the case is no longer considered a conviction.
  • Texas Juvenile Record Sealing: The Texas Family Code allows for most misdemeanors and certain felony level juvenile offenses to be sealed. A sealed juvenile record is treated like it did not exist, and removed from statewide criminal history databases.

 

Why You Should Hire WipeRecord

Obtaining an expungement or record seal in Texas has many benefits. However, the process can be difficult to successfully complete without the assistance of an attorney. Our firm has attorneys and paralegals experienced in such matters, and we have obtained favorable results for many of our clients in Texas.

There are many potential benefits to expunging or sealing a criminal record, some of which include:

  • Being able to legally state that you have not been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense to employers and landlords
  • Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
  • 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
  • Eliminating the concern and potential embarrassment of failing a background check by removing public access to sensitive personal information

If you’re ready to move on in life without a criminal record holding you back, our law firm has is here to help—the first step is simply taking our free, confidential Eligibility Test to see if you qualify. If you would prefer to speak with one of our Licensed Attorneys or Criminal Records Analysts, just give us a call toll free at (844) 947-3732.

You can trust that you will get exceptional service form our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, our attorneys are rated as Super Lawyers, and as Superb Attorneys by prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo.  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!

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Texas Criminal Record Expungement

Expungements (expunctions) in Texas are generally limited to Class C Misdemeanors and arrests that did not result in a conviction or community supervision. Obtaining an expungement results in the complete destruction of a criminal file – it is completely deleted from the public record as if it never happened. Afterwards, you can legally state that you have not been arrested or convicted of the expunged crime.

The following situations are generally eligible for expungement.

  • You were found “not guilty” at trial
  • Your charges were dismissed
  • You were arrested, but charges were never filed
  • Your conviction was overturned on appeal
  • Your case was dismissed or “no billed” by the Grand Jury
  • You are the victim of identity theft and were not the arrested person

Usually, a dismissed case is eligible for an expunction once the statute of limitations for the offense has expired.  The waiting period is two (2) years from the date of dismissal for misdemeanors and three (3) years from the date of dismissal for felonies.  Many felonies have a longer statute of limitations, or none at all. It is best to consult with an attorney to ensure your case is eligible to be expunged.

Certain felonies have exceptions, exclusions, and stipulations to expungement eligibility. These rules can be complex, so contact our experienced attorneys to see if you qualify for expungement-we are happy to provide a free consultation to let you know what your options are to clear your criminal record.

Texas Record Sealing (Order of Nondisclosure)

When getting your record expunged is not an option, having it sealed is typically the next best option. An order of non-disclosure does not completely destroy your record, but it does take it out of the public eye and make it invisible to nearly all background checks. Your record may be available to law enforcement agencies and certain state entities, but to the rest of the world it will be as if your record never existed. Record sealing in Texas is generally available to those who have received deferred adjudication probation, and successfully completed its terms. However, the law recently changed to allow for the sealing of non-violent misdemeanor convictions and DWI convictions as well.

You will typically NOT qualify to have your record sealed if:

  • You have been convicted of or placed on probation for a felony offense
  • Your probation was revoked
  • Your DUI offense involved a collision or injury to another person
  • You were convicted of a violent offense

Some types of crimes are never allowed to be sealed. You are not eligible to seal your case if your charge was for domestic violence, a sex offense, stalking, injury to a child or the elderly, murder, aggravated kidnapping, or another ineligible crime.

For nondisclosures for deferred adjudication cases, a person will qualify if they meet the following guidelines:

  • If your offense was a misdemeanor other than one listed in the following bullet point, you can file for a nondisclosure order immediately upon completion of your sentence if you received a successful discharge and dismissal.
  • If your offense was a misdemeanor under Penal Code Chapter 20, 21, 22, 25, 42, or 46, you can file for a nondisclosure order if at least two years have passed since the date of your successful dismissal and discharge.
  • If your offense was a felony offense, you can file for a nondisclosure order if at least five years have passed since the date of your successful discharge and dismissal.

Under the new nondisclosure law, first time misdemeanor convictions and certain DWI convictions qualify for a nondisclosure order, even though a deferred sentence wasn’t granted.  A person will qualify for a first-time misdemeanor conviction nondisclosure if they meet the following guidelines:

  • All fines, costs, and restitution must be paid.
  • You cannot have any other convictions or cases where you received deferred adjudication community supervision.
  • The offense cannot be a violent offense.
  • If the conviction was for a crime punishable by a fine only, the petition can be filed as soon as the sentence is complete.
  • If the conviction is for any other misdemeanor, the petition can be filed after two years have passed from the date of conviction.

First time DWI convictions are now also eligible for a nondisclosure order.  A person will qualify for a first-time DWI misdemeanor conviction nondisclosure if they meet the following guidelines:

  • All conditions of the sentence, including fines, costs, and restitution, must be complete.
  • You cannot have any other convictions or cases where you received deferred adjudication community supervision.
  • The circumstances of the DWI cannot have involved a motor vehicle accident involving another person.
  • A person is eligible to file for nondisclosure either two (2) or (3) years following completion of sentence if the terms of the sentence required an interlock ignition device in your vehicle for at least 6 months.
  • A person is eligible to file for nondisclosure five (5) years following completion of the sentence if no interlock ignition device was required by the sentence.

These rules can be complex, so 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.

Texas Conviction Set Aside

A conviction that cannot be expunged or sealed can sometimes be set aside. Texas will generally allow convictions to be set aside if you have successfully completed probation. If your conviction is set aside you are no longer treated as guilty of the crime, and your firearm rights may be restored. Your arrest/court record may still appear in certain background checks, but it will be changed to a dismissal with no finding of guilt. To set-aside a conviction, a judge must make a finding that you have been rehabilitated and it is in the interest of justice to have your case dismissed.

Many Texas courts regularly set-aside convictions, however, it is unavailable in some counties, and ultimately up to the specific judge. Figuring out whether you should qualify can be confusing, so 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.

The Process:

If your conviction is set aside, you are no longer treated as being convicted, and your record will be updated to show a dismissal with no finding of guilt.

The WipeRecord, a division of Eastman Meyler, PC, experienced attorneys will begin to fight to have your conviction set aside the same day you purchase our services. It typically takes 3 to 4 months to obtain an expungement in Texas, so the sooner you contact us, the sooner we can wipe your record!

Our flat fee for setting aside your conviction includes all required legal research, drafting and filing of all court documents, dealing with the District Attorney, and arguing your case in court. Judges in Texas often require your presence in court, but we will be right there next to you to make sure you have nothing to worry about. If you do not live in Texas, the judge will sometimes permit your absence.

Do You Qualify to Have Your Conviction Set Aside?

If you have been convicted of a crime and successfully completed probation, most counties in Texas will permit you to have your conviction set aside. However, in most cases the ultimate decision is in the hands of a judge. To set aside a conviction the judge will evaluate whether you have been rehabilitated, and then decide whether it is in the best interests of justice to dismiss your case.

There are a number of factors the judge will consider in making this finding and not all counties allow us to set aside your conviction, so we encourage you to contact our experienced attorneys to see if you should seek to have a conviction set aside.

Texas Juvenile Record Expungement

Contrary to common belief, juvenile justice records in Texas are not automatically sealed once you become an adult.  While juvenile records become more difficult to access once a person turns twenty-one years old, they are not fully sealed.  The Texas Family Code allows for the sealing of most juvenile misdemeanor cases and certain felony cases.  I juvenile misdemeanor offense will be sealed by the court if the following conditions are met:

  • It has been two years since your final discharge from the juvenile system, and
  • In that two year period, you have not been convicted of anything else and you have no current pending charges.

The court must seal your misdemeanor record if you meet the above requirements.  A court may seal a juvenile record for a qualified felony offense.  You cannot seal a juvenile record if you received a determinate sentence for a violent felony, or for any felony requiring sex offender registration.  The excluded violent felonies include murder, attempted murder, sexual assault, manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery, deadly conduct with a firearm, indecency with a child, and arson.  You may petition to seal a qualified felony offense if all of the following appy:

  • You are at least twenty-ones year old, and
  • You have not been convicted of any felony after turning seventeen.

One approved by the juvenile court, the record is fully sealed within two months.  After being sealed, a juvenile record can only be accessed by you upon your request, a prosecutor if you ever face another felony charge, and the Texas Department of Public Safety if you apply for a concealed carry license.

These rules can be complex, so 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.

Identity Theft Expungement in Texas

Have you ever had your identity stolen? Was that information used on your criminal record?

If you’re the victim of identity theft, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. However, it’s not just as easy as calling the authorities to let them know about the mistake.

If you’ve discovered false information on your Texas criminal record, you can submit a request to the district attorney of the county where the arrest occurred.

Eligibility to file for an expunction with the District Attorney due to identity theft has the following requirements:

  • Information identifying you was falsely given by the arrestee without your consent; and
  • The only reason the false criminal information is on your criminal record is that the information was falsely given at arrest.

The attorneys at WipeRecord, a division of Eastman Meyler, PC, regularly help clients who have been the victim of identity theft, and understand exactly what it takes to correct your record as quickly as possible the first time.

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Texas Record Clearing Services Frequently Asked Questions

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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