Put Your Past Mistakes Behind You With An Expunction
A single mistake made years ago can have lasting consequences. If you were arrested or convicted of a criminal charge, your criminal record may be holding you back from securing a loan, renting an apartment or obtaining a new job. Through expungement or nondisclosure, you gain the legal right to deny a previous arrest on applications.
For help with the expunction and record sealing process, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to help you make sense of the process. At my firm, Lanzillo Law, PLLC, in Plano, I can help you find the right steps to take to put your past behind you. Together, we will find out what options are available to try to remove any of the obstacles you may be facing because of a past conviction.
Erasing Or Sealing Your Record
In Texas, there are two ways to remove charges from your criminal history — expunction and nondisclosure. Both actions offer a way to remove your criminal record.
- Expunction: Record expungement allows you to remove a record so that it is as if the arrest never happened. You may be eligible for expungement if you were arrested but never charged, your charge was dismissed, you completed a court-run diversion program, you were found not guilty at trial, you were acquitted by the court of appeals or you received a pardon.
- Nondisclosure: Petitioning for nondisclosure limits access to your record. It will no longer be available for public inquiry, but government agencies or someone with a court order could view your record. You may qualify for nondisclosure if you successfully completed deferred adjudication probation or you have no subsequent convictions.
Increase Your Odds
Keep in mind, the court has the discretion to grant or deny a nondisclosure or expungement request. Having help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer greatly increases your chances of a successful outcome.