You might have heard that an expunction or order of nondisclosure can help you clear your arrest or criminal record and move on with your life in Texas. However, how do you go about doing this? Texas has procedures you must follow, and the best course of action is to seek guidance from an experienced Texas criminal record sealing attorney.
Do You Qualify?
First, you want to determine whether you qualify for an expunction or sealing of your record. There are many factors to consider, including:
- Were you charged with a crime?
- Were you convicted of a crime?
- What offense were you convicted of?
- What was your sentence, and did it include a deferred adjudication?
You should have an attorney review your situation and advise you whether you might qualify for relief, as well as which type of relief (expunction or a nondisclosure order) that you should pursue.
Meet Waiting Period Requirements
There might be a required waiting period before you can file to clear your record, which depends on your offense, whether you were charged, and other factors. Make sure you do not file for a possible expunction too soon.
File the Petition
You must prepare and file the petition in the county court where your criminal matter took place. You want your initial filing to be thorough, accurate, and persuasive for the best chance of receiving a court order to seal your record. It is best to leave the preparation and filing to a skilled expunction attorney.
Learn How a Texas Expungement Lawyer Can Help
Obtaining an expunction or order of nondisclosure is more complicated than it might seem, but the Gilbert G. Garcia Law Firm is ready to help. We have helped many people in your