Don’t Let Your Criminal Record Ruin Your Life
Learn More About Sealing Your Records
Aside from the immediate impact an arrest can have on your personal life, a conviction on a criminal charge can end up following you around for years. When you apply for a job and face a question regarding your criminal history, your answer might make or break your chances to be hired.
You may not have to carry this burden for the rest of your life. There are two methods by which you can have your records sealed or withheld from public view in Texas: expunction and non-disclosure. While the overall effect is similar, these are two different processes.
What Are Non-Disclosure And Expunction?
Brent D. Bowen Attorney At Law can assist people in Denton with their requests to expunge a criminal record or seek a petition for non-disclosure.
With an expunction, your record is erased, for all intents and purposes. It will appear as if your arrest or court appearance never happened. People are rarely eligible for an expunction. In general, if you were acquitted of charges; if they were dropped altogether; or after arrest, charges were never filed, you would be eligible for an expunction. If your situation does not fit the above requirements, you might still be able to seek non-disclosure if expunction is not an option.
Non-disclosure means that law enforcement and government agencies cannot disclose information about your criminal record to the public. You may be eligible to seek non-disclosure after you have completed deferred adjudication.
It’s not just regular criminal records that can be affected. Juvenile records can also be sealed by the court under Texas law.
Our lawyers offer free consultations about your case. Call today at (940) 222-2488 to learn more, or email your information via our contact form.