Expunctions and Nondisclosures
Criminal defense attorneys Jo Ann Linzer & Greg Gaines are dedicated to helping clients understand and to guide them through the legal system. One important aspect of criminal law in Texas is the ability to expunge or seal criminal records through expunctions and nondisclosures.
Expunctions in Texas
An expunction is a legal process by which a person’s criminal record is completely erased, as if it never existed. If you have been arrested for a crime in Texas but were never convicted, you may be eligible for an expunction. This means that your arrest record, fingerprints, and other identifying information will be completely erased from all government records.
To be eligible for an expunction, you must meet certain criteria, including:
• The charge against you was dismissed, or you were acquitted of the charge;
• The statute of limitations for the offense has expired;
• You were arrested for a crime, but you were never charged;
• You were charged with a crime, but the charge was later dismissed or you were acquitted;
• You were convicted of a crime, but the conviction was overturned on appeal.
If you meet these criteria, you may be able to file a petition for expunction with the court. Linzer & Gaines can help you navigate this process and ensure that your record is completely expunged.
Nondisclosures in Texas
A nondisclosure is similar to an expunction, but it does not completely erase your criminal record. Instead, it seals your criminal record from public view, meaning that most employers, landlords, and other third parties will not be able to access your criminal history.
To be eligible for a nondisclosure, you must meet certain criteria, including:
• You must have successfully completed deferred adjudication for the offense;
• You must not have been convicted of certain crimes, such as sex offenses or offenses involving family violence;
• You must not have been convicted of any other offense during the period of deferred adjudication.
• You have been convicted of a certain misdemeanor offense and the waiting period has expired.
If you meet these criteria, you may be able to file a petition for nondisclosure with the court. Linzer & Gaines can help you with this important process and ensure that your criminal record is sealed from public view.
Contact Linzer & Gaines
At Linzer & Gaines, we understand how critical it is to have a clean criminal record. That’s why we are dedicated to helping our clients in navigate the expunction and nondisclosure process. If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you, please call or text us today at (936) 283-7676. We offer a free initial consultation and are committed to helping our clients achieve the best possible outcome in their cases
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