Tarrant County, Texas Expunction Attorney
Even if you were not convicted of an offense, the mere presence of an arrest on your record can negatively impact your life. Evidence of an arrest or prosecution of a crime can disadvantage you when seeking employment, loans, housing, education, and more. Regain control of your future by hiring a lawyer from Westfall Sellers to help clean up your record.
What is an Expunction?
An expunction is a process through which criminal records are removed from your permanent record. If an expunction is successful, a judge will order all records relating to your arrest, charge, or conviction be destroyed. Once your record is expunged, you can deny the incident ever happened.
Am I Eligible?
The following types of records may be eligible for expunction:
- An arrest for an offense that was never formally charged;
- An arrest for an offense that was no billed by the grand jury;
- A formal charge that was ultimately dismissed;
- Certain misdemeanor offenses committed by a juvenile;
- Certain alcohol offenses committed by a minor;
- A conviction for Failure to Attend School;
- A conviction for a crime that was subsequently reversed by the trial court or appellate court;
- A conviction for a crime that was subsequently pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the United States President.
Determining whether you qualify for an expunction can be complicated. Not everyone whose situation is outlined above is eligible. Many other factors such as prior offenses and statutes of limitations will determine whether records may be expunged. Even if your situation is not one of the ones mentioned above, you may still be eligible for a non-disclosure. Contact an experienced expunction attorney from Westfall Sellers today to find out whether you qualify.
Why Should I get an Expunction?
With the computerization of criminal records, it has never been easier to view someone’s criminal history. With the click of a button, potential employers, landlords, mortgage lenders, banks, and university admissions departments are able to view your criminal history. Any evidence of a misdemeanor or felony arrest or prosecution can close doors and cause you to miss out on the opportunities you have worked so hard for. Do not allow your criminal history to hold you back anymore.
How do I get an Expunction?
If you are eligible, the first step is to prepare a Petition for Expunction, requesting the court grant your Order. The petition must contain all relevant information concerning the offense(s) to be expunged such as the offense charged, the date of the arrest, the name of the arresting agency, and a list of all agencies that may have records relating to the arrest. The next step is to file your petition with the proper court. Whether your petition should be filed with a municipal court, county court, or district court depends on the level of the offense. After your petition is properly filed, the court will notify all necessary agencies and set the matter for a hearing.
At the hearing, the agencies will have an opportunity to contest the expunction. If the court decides to grant your expunction, it will sign your Order for Expunction. Generally, courts expect the order to be prepared ahead of time. The signed order must then be sent to all agencies with records of your arrest so the records may be destroyed. Any agencies left out will likely result in the preservation of your arrest record.
Contact Our Expunction Lawyers to Start Clearing Your Record
While an expunction is a great opportunity for those who qualify, filing for one is not a simple task. As with any legal proceeding, expunctions can be very complex and mistakes may prohibit you from successfully clearing your record. As such, we recommend hiring an experienced attorney who knows how to expunge a record.
To learn more about the expunction process and find out whether you qualify, contact Westfall Sellers today for a free case evaluation. Fill out the online contact form or call us at (817) 928-4222 and let us handle the rest.