Houston, Texas, Clearing Your Criminal Record Lawyers
A criminal record can affect every aspect of your life from your ability to get a job, secure credit and housing to your standing in the community. In certain situations though, clearing your criminal record is possible. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer can help you use the procedures available, if you qualify.
At Schaffer Carter & Associates, we believe in helping people achieve a fresh start. Clearing your criminal record can be one step in that direction, especially anytime a background check might be conducted. To find out more about this process and if you qualify, we encourage you to contact our Houston office today to schedule a consultation by calling 713-574-9412 or if you are outside the Houston calling area, please dial 866-428-2472.
Applying for Expunctions
In Texas, we can help with the clearing of your criminal record in two different ways. The first method is applying for an expunction, also known as expungement. If your petition for expunction is successful, your record will be wiped off all databases you petition to be removed from and you can deny being arrested and prosecuted if asked.
Our Houston, Texas, clearing your criminal record attorneys may be able to clear your arrest record if you meet any of the following situations:
- Charges were never filed
- Charges were filed, but then the case was dismissed
- You have not been tried and the prosecutor recommends expunction
- If you were acquitted
- You were pardoned or otherwise granted relief based on your actual innocence
If you qualify for expunction based on one of these situations and some other conditions, we will help prepare all of the paperwork and appear with you at the hearing you will be required to attend. If your petition is granted we will make sure all the petitioned databases have removed your name from their records.
Using Non-Disclosure for Clearing Your Criminal Record
The second method available for sealing a criminal record can be done by filing a motion for non-disclosure. If you have successfully completed any type of court- ordered program such as rehab this can sometimes lead to what is known as deferred adjudication or the prosecutor agrees not to pursue trying your case. Certain types of offenses require a waiting period before you can file a record- sealing request, and we can evaluate your record to see how long you must wait and if you qualify.
If you do qualify, we will file the appropriate paperwork and if your motion is successful, certain agencies will not be able to disclose your record. However, in certain situations there are still different departments, such as school boards, that may still have access to that information if you apply for a job in this arena.
It is important to note that some types of arrests can never be cleared, including arrests for driver’s license suspensions. Likewise, if you have ever been convicted or placed on deferred adjudication for certain offenses such as a crime that requires registering on a sex offender list, or many other violent offenses, you will not qualify for expunction or non-disclosure. If you are not sure if your record qualifies, we encourage you to contact us so we can assess your record and provide detailed counsel about your options.