Expunctions / Record Sealing
Austin Expunction and Non-Disclosure Lawyer
Many people don’t realize that even if you are not ultimately convicted, your arrest or dismissal will be on your record for the rest of your life in the Texas Department of Public Safety Computerized Criminal History System. Many people also (incorrectly) assume that after completing deferred adjudication, the record of your conviction will “disappear” from their criminal history. This is not the case. If you have not taken any steps to clear a record from your criminal history, it can still be seen by employers or anyone else who performs a simple background check.
Central Texas Record Sealing Attorneys
Having a charge from an arrest or dismissal on your background can have devastating consequences. Let the lawyers at Smith & Vinson Law Firm work for you to clear your record. We work to seal client’s records in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Hutto and around the Central Texas area. Contact us now for a free consultation at 512-368-9044.
In Texas, there are two possible methods for clearing your criminal history: Order of Expunction and Order of Non-Disclosure.
Texas Order of Expunction
An order of expunction will erase your criminal record. There are only a few situations in which you can get an order of expunction. These are:
- You were found not guilty at trial
- Your charges were dismissed
- You got a deferred disposition on a Class C Misdemeanor
- You won on appeal
- You were granted a pardon by the governor
If you were found not guilty at trial, had your charges dismissed or were granted a deferred disposition on a Class C Misdemeanor call the lawyers at Smith & Vinson Law Firm today and set up a free consultation. We will review your case to determine if you are eligible for an expunction or an order of non-disclosure.
Please note: Convicted cases cannot be expunged.
Texas Order of Non-Disclosure
In cases where you have completed deferred adjudication, an Order of Non-Disclosure will “seal” your records, so that the general public cannot see it. Sealed records can still be viewed by criminal justice agencies. It is important to note that judges have complete discretion in whether to grant Orders of Non-Disclosure and can do so only “in the best interest of justice.” For this reason, it is important that you not attempt to handle an Order of Non-Disclosure without the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer.
Some additional restrictions you should note are:
- For certain Class A and Class B Misdemeanors, there is a 2 year waiting period after completing deferred adjudication
- For felonies, this waiting period is 5 years
- Certain crimes are not able to be sealed, such as DWI, murder, aggravated kidnapping, sex offense, or family violence
In order to maintain your personal and professional reputation, it is important to keep your criminal record free of items that do not belong there. Call Smith & Vinson Law Firm today and let a competent and experienced criminal defense lawyer take a look at your situation. We will fight for you to make sure the past remains in the past so that you can move on with your life.
Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers
If you need your records sealed in Austin, Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas contact Smith & Vinson Law Firm.
At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we take your case seriously and fight to protect your constitutional rights. Jarrod Smith and Brad Vinson are aggressive trial lawyers that will fight for you from day one to get the best possible resolution for your case.
Contact our office today for a free initial consultation.
NOTE: This information is not legal advice. It is provided for educational use only. If you need legal advice regarding a criminal offense in the State of Texas, please contact Smith & Vinson Law Firm at 512-368-9044.