Dallas Expunction Lawyers
Helping Clear Your Criminal Record in Texas
If you were ever arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime, that information gets put on your criminal record. Not only can law enforcement officials access it, but so too can the public. Because of this, you can face various obstacles in your life. For instance, your reputation could be ruined or you may have difficulty getting a job. Fortunately, Texas law allows you to clear your record of some criminal offenses through an expunction, which can effectively remove life-altering hurdles and help you get a fresh start.
Various nuances exist when seeking an expunction, and you must ensure that you fill out all forms accurately and submit them to the correct court. Any mistake could cause delays or other adverse consequences. When pursuing this form of relief, you need skilled legal help. At Scott H. Palmer, P.C., our Dallas lawyers have helped several clients with petitioning for expunctions. We have an in-depth understanding of this process and are here to answer your questions and ensure your petition is filed effectively.
If you need help removing information from your criminal record, call our Dallas expunction attorneys at (214) 891-3382 today.
What's an Expunction in Texas?
In Texas, an expunction is a legal vehicle that allows individuals who have been involved in certain criminal matters to clear their records. If it's granted, the arrest, charge, or conviction information is permanently removed and no longer accessible to the public.
Who Qualifies for Expunction in Texas?
To be eligible for expunction, you must meet specific criteria.
The following types of criminal matters may be removed from a record:
- An arrest that didn't result in a formal charge
- A charge that was subsequently dismissed
- Specific juvenile crimes
- Class C misdemeanors
- A conviction that was later pardoned
Unfortunately, not all criminal matters can be expunged. For instance, an arrest resulting from a warrant issued for violating conditions of community supervision are not eligible for expunction. To determine whether you qualify for this type of relief, call our Dallas expunction attorneys. We'll review your situation and let you know what your legal options are.
What Is the Waiting Period for an Expunction?
Waiting periods vary depending on the type of case it is, so contact our attorneys today to see if you are eligible. We're available at (214) 891-3382.
What Are the Effects of an Expunction?
If your request to have your offense expunged is granted, it will be wiped from your record. Once it's off, if a potential employer or anyone else asks if you've been involved in a criminal matter, you can legally say no. However, if you're giving testimony at a criminal proceeding and asked about your history, you must say that the matter has been expunged, but you don't have to provide details about the offense.
Get Experienced Legal Help with the Expunction Process
Are you ready to get started with clearing your criminal record? Contact Scott H. Palmer, P.C. as soon as possible. We'll help prepare and submit your petition and provide representation for your hearing.
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