A common question we receive is “How can I get my criminal record cleared?”. Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple one. It is important if you are seeking to clear your record that you contact an experienced attorney to evaluate your case and help you navigate this tedious process.
In Texas, there are different options for having one’s criminal record cleared; one of them is known as an EXPUNCTION.
An expunction means that all records relating to a particular charge are destroyed. No secret record is kept, and all background companies must remove the information from their records. Once a person’s record is expunged, all information is removed from the criminal record and that person can deny the incident ever occurred.
However, not every criminal record is eligible for expunction. Generally, in order to be eligible, the charge must have been:
Pardoned by the governor of Texas or the President of the United States
For a crime that was ultimately acquitted
For a certain misdemeanor juvenile offense
Or an arrest for a crime that was never charged
This list is not exhaustive, however. To find out if your criminal record is eligible for an expunction, contact us so that we can evaluate your specific situation.