San Antonio Expunction Lawyers
How to Clear Your Criminal Record in Texas
Being convicted of a crime can mean more than just paying a fine or going to jail. Having a criminal record can also affect your life, your relationships, and your family far into the future.
With an arrest or conviction on your record, it may be difficult to:
- Get into a school
- Get a job
- Close a deal on a new house
- Rent a home
If you have been arrested or convicted of a crime, it may be possible to clear your criminal record so that you can move forward in life without your criminal record bringing you down. An expunction removes the arrest or conviction from your permanent record, granting you the freedom to enjoy life without your record following you around.
At LaHood Norton Law Group, we help clients seek expungements in Texas. Our San Antonio expunction attorneys understand the requirements and the potential challenges you may face and can build a strong case on your behalf.
Petition for Expunction in Texas
Before you plead guilty or navigate your case without a criminal defense attorney, it is important to understand your options. The way that your case is handled can determine whether you will be able to obtain an expunction later.
According to the Texas bar, your first step in gaining an expunction in Texas is filing a Petition for Expunction requesting an Order for Expunction. Applying for the expunction is very detailed and must include the following information from the petitioner:
- personal & identifying information
- offense charged
- date of arrest
- date of alleged offense
- name of arresting agency
- list of agencies / facilities with record of arrest
- case number (if applicable)
- name of court (if applicable)
- how & date the charged was resolved (if applicable)
This information must be filed with the correct court. The level of offense will determine whether your petition needs to be filed with municipal, county, or district court. After filing the petition, the court will schedule a hearing and send notice to all applicable parties.
Texas Expunction Eligibility
In Texas, you will not be eligible for an expunction if convicted or on community supervision for an offense other than a Class C misdemeanor. Additionally, if an arrest is related to a violation of probation or a person is also not eligible for expunction if the arrest relates to a probation violation warrant or if the person runs from jurisdiction after a bond release.
You may be eligible for an expunction if you meet the following requirements:
- You were arrested but never charged with a crime
- Your criminal charges were dismissed
- You were found not guilty at trial
- Misdemeanor juvenile offenses
- Minor alcohol offenses
- The crime was a class C offense that was dismissed after you successfully completed successful deferred adjudication community supervision
- You were convicted of a crime that was acquitted by the trial court of the Criminal Court of Appeals
- You were convicted of a crime that was pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the President of the United States
Get Help Filing for Expunction from Our Team in San Antonio, TX
The best way to seek an expunction is with the help of a qualified attorney. At LaHood Norton Law Group, our San Antonio expunction lawyers deliver client-focused and results-driven representation, fighting tirelessly to help our clients achieve their goals. A brighter and more promising future can be yours with an expunction – and our team is here to help.
Call (210) 801-9400 now to get started with our San Antonio expunction attorneys.
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