So, you were arrested and charged with a felony a long time ago, and it’s haunted you ever since. Maybe you’ve been looking at jobs and need to get rid of your record. Maybe you are still dealing with difficulties finding suitable housing. Whatever your reasons for wanting to clear your record, it’s only reasonable to think that once you’ve paid your debt to society, you should be allowed to move on with your life. Unfortunately, Texas law is not quite so easy. The good news is, there are situations where you can get a felony expunged in Texas.
Learn more about expungement in Texas, and contact Abrams Trial Law for assistance today.
What Does Expunged Mean?
States use different terms for expungement, but in Texas it is generally known as “Expunction.” This is a particular legal process through which a person can petition the appropriate court to request that all records of their arrest, including prosecution files, be destroyed by law enforcement and court officials. Records that can be destroyed through the process of expunction in Texas include:
- Court flies
- Prosecution files
- Arrest records
- Booking documents
- Corrections & jail records
If you are successful in obtaining an expunction, you can legally claim not to have been arrested or charged with the crime. There are some limitations on this, but in most cases it will hold true.
Who Is Eligible?
Under Texas Law, a person who was arrested for a misdemeanor or felony can seek expunction if:
- Charges were brought but later dropped
- You were acquitted and found not guilty by a Judge or Jury
- You received a “no-bill” finding from a grand jury
- Your case was dismissed and the statute of limitations period has expired
- Your case was never filed and the statute of limitations period has expired
Other Options For Clearing Your Record
If expunction is not an option, you may still be able to seek an order of non-disclosure depending on the particular circumstance and facts of your case. This is a process similar to an expunction, except that instead of directing law enforcement agencies to destroy records, they are simply directed to not disclose them. While a lesser relief than an expunction, it can still offer benefits by covering up your record with limitations.
Get Help Today
If you are dealing with the continued fallout of a bad decision earlier in life or a criminal charge, an experienced lawyer can help determine if you are eligible for an expunction and navigate you through that process. Contact Abrams Trial Law today to discuss your options for removing negative items from your record. You may be surprised to find out you are eligible for an expunction or order of non-disclosure.