Helping Clients Throughout Northeast Harris County Clear Their Permanent Criminal Records
Kingwood, Humble, Texas
The consequences of a permanent criminal record are not limited to those parties who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. To the contrary, those who have been arrested, acquitted, pardoned or had charges against them dropped, are all left with a permanent criminal record that can be viewed by the public. This means decreased employment prospects, an inability to secure housing, diminished educational opportunities and a tarnished reputation among family and friends. Fortunately, in these difficult times you do have options.
Board Certified criminal defense lawyer Andrew J. Williams understands and appreciates the gravity of a permanent criminal record. His primary objective is to help his clients remove the stigma of a past arrest and obtain a fresh start. Mr. Williams has over 15 years of experience and a comprehensive understanding of the legal requirements for expunction/expungement under Texas law.
What Is Expunction/Expungement?
Expunction, sometimes called expungement, wipes clean certain qualifying elements from a person’s permanent criminal record. Specifically, it removes all information pertaining to an arrest for a misdemeanor or felony.
Who Is Eligible for Expunction/Expungement?
Expunction/expungement is available to parties who were:
Acquitted after a trial
Arrested but never charged
Pardoned by the governor of Texas
Released after the charges against them were dropped
Please note, if the charges against you were dismissed, you may not seek an expunction/expungement until the applicable statute of limitations for the offense has expired. This can take several years.
Important Information: You are ineligible for expunction if you have been convicted of a felony within the five years preceding the offense that you are now seeking to have removed from your permanent criminal record. Furthermore, if you were given deferred adjudication (a form of probation), you are not eligible for expunction. However, you may pursue a petition for nondisclosure, which enables you to seal your record.
What Happens if I Obtain an Expunction/Expungement?
Once you have obtained an expunction/expungement, all government agencies and entities are required to remove the relevant information from their files. In addition, you can answer “no” when asked on applications and in interviews whether you have been arrested.
For answers to your questions, schedule a complimentary consultation with Andrew J. Williams, Attorney at Law. To make an appointment, call 281-358-9111, or use the online contact form.