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Category: Expungment/Criminal Record Sealing

Jun 5
2020

Texas Courts Reopened June 1 — Start Prepping for Record Expunction

Expungment/Criminal Record Sealing

Getting your records expunged in the state of Texas is no easy task. The process is highly specific, eligibility requirements are stringent, and your petition requires focused planning and preparation.

If you intend to go through the process of expunction, preparation is critical. For you to win your case, you need to present everything exactly as requested, and in the correct way. With courts set to reopen soon, now is the perfect time to begin getting ready.

We’re going to cover a few of the things you can do to help you prepare for your hearing. First, we’ll examine who qualifies for an expunction. Then, we’ll go into what you need to have prepared and ready before your [...]

Jan 6
2020

Gift Yourself a Clean Slate – Texas Expunction Only Takes 30 Days

Expungment/Criminal Record Sealing

One of the most detrimental consequences of a brush with the law remains in effect long after your sentence is complete: having a criminal record.

Fortunately, in many cases, you can have your criminal record expunged or sealed from public view. This means it will no longer show up on criminal background checks. The expunction process, however, does require working with the court system, which in most situations is arduous and time-consuming. This scares many people off.

This is actually a common misconception about expunction, though. In many cases, your hearing date is set within only 30 days.

We’ve put together a guide covering Texas expunction law, including which offenses are eligible for expunction and when, and how the process [...]

Nov 16
2019

Can Texas DWI Records Be Sealed?

DUI | Expungment/Criminal Record Sealing

A DWI on your criminal record isn’t just embarrassing. It can seriously hinder you from moving forward with your life. Employers, landlords, and the public can easily access your past mistakes and use them against you.

What you may not know is state laws allow many Texans to seal their records after they’ve served their time. If you do know, you may not be aware that some charges don’t qualify.

Questions we often field from clients are specifically about your Texas DWI records, and whether they can be sealed. The short answer is “yes…but there are rules.”

Yes, But There Are Rules

In 2017, Texas lawmakers proposed HB 3016. The bill set out to expand the laws regarding orders [...]

Sep 22
2019

Is Living with a Criminal Record in Texas Derailing Your Life?

Expungment/Criminal Record Sealing

 

When you are arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime, the state of Texas puts it on your criminal record. That record is accessible to anyone. If an employer wants to see it, they can. If a university wants to access their applicants’ criminal records before admitting them, they have that ability.

This may seem unfair, especially when you can confidently say that the misdemeanor or felony you committed is nothing more than a part of your past. We agree.

If you have recently been charged or convicted, understand there are ways to get around these limitations, but it’s important to know what they are before you take action.

Limitations in Current Texas Legislation

Many states are passing [...]

Nov 1
2017

Do You Qualify to Have Your Texas Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged?

Expungment/Criminal Record Sealing

Alexander Pope wrote, “To err is human.” Which is true – we all make mistakes.

Most of the time, we learn from our mistakes and continue on with our lives. Sometimes, however, our mistakes follow us around wherever we go.

When you are arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime, it shows up on your criminal record, which is available for anyone to see. Regardless of how you’ve changed and improved your life after this “mistake,” your criminal history can continue to haunt your employment, educational, housing, and financial opportunities for years to come.

So how can you finally put your past behind you and move forward with a clean slate?

Depending on the offense and the circumstances surrounding that [...]

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