Texas Expungements & Orders of Nondisclosure
Expunge or Seal Your Texas Criminal Record Today
Expunging your Texas criminal record is the first step toward a brighter future.
1. Binyamin Applebaum. Out of Trouble, but Criminal Records Keep Men Out of Work, NYTimes.com, February 28, 2015.
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San Antonio Attorney for Expungements & Orders of Nondisclosure
“Do you have a criminal record?” — You’ll find this question on job applications, loan applications, and even applications for housing. Having the ability to check off “no” for this question can open new doors. This may be possible if you can get your record expunged, or sealed in Texas. The Law Office of Eric Ramos is a San Antonio law firm that is passionate about helping clients protect their legal rights. We are proud to help our clients obtain clean and clear records so that they may have a brighter future.
Expungement is a legal process which allows you to clear your criminal record. When a record is expunged, it is completely destroyed. This allows you to answer NO to any question about whether you have a criminal record. Expungement is available to those who:
- Were arrested without being charged
- Were arrested and charged with certain alcohol-related charges
- Completed deferred adjudication after a Class C Misdemeanor
- Completed a pretrial diversion program
- Faced criminal charges for which they were acquitted or found not guilty
- Has an arrest record which was the result of an error or identity theft
- Had their conviction pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the President of the United States
Texas does not allow for the expungement of criminal records which were the result of an arrest with a guilty conviction, an arrest that resulted in probation (except Class C Misdemeanors), or charges that are still within the statutes of limitations but have actually been dismissed. The statutes of limitations are different for various crimes, an expungement attorney can help you make that determination.
Contact a Texas Expungement Attorney
If you try to have your records expunged on your own, you could wind up spending money for nothing. A Texas expungement attorney can help you determine if you are eligible to have your record expunged before you spend money on the application processes. If you make application, and it’s rejected, you are not entitled to reimbursement of the fees.
Record Sealing (Nondisclosure)
In Texas, record sealing is more commonly referred to as Order for Nondisclosure. For many, this is an easier alternative than applying for expungement. Primarily, record sealing allows for certain criminal records to be hidden during typical background check searches. However, the primary difference between expungement and record sealing is important: Law enforcement officers will still be able to access a record. This means future arrests, and charges can be impacted by your prior record.
Keep in mind, when a minor under the age of 17 is charged with a crime, there are specific rules that may allow their records to be sealed automatically. This is per Texas Family Code Section 58.003; an attorney with experience handling juvenile records sealing can provide you with guidance as to whether the record is eligible for sealing.
Understanding Societal Changes and Expungement
Keep something in mind, because there is a renewed focus on the fact that a criminal record for minor charges can have a serious impact on an individual, his or her family, and their future, there are some instances where an expungement may be granted even if the statute of limitations has not been met. It is vitally important for you to meet with an attorney who understands both non-disclosure and expungement rules in Texas.
There are certain crimes which will automatically be excluded from record sealing or expunction which include child molestation, fleeing the scene of an accident, serious DUI’s resulting in death, and other charges. Regardless of the charges on your record, contact the Law Offices of Eric Ramos, a San Antonio, TX expungement attorney for help. We’ll review your case and help you take the first step towards a brighter future.