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Can I Have My Record Expunged?

Posted by Kimberly D. Moss | Aug 06, 2014 | 0 Comments

DogglassesI get this question often, so it seemed like a great topic for a blog. If you live in Texas and you've successfully completed deferred adjudication (commonly called probation), you may be eligible for non-disclosure. Non-disclosure is different from expungement. The expungement of a criminal record is the complete removal of your criminal record from all law enforcement agency databases. Non-disclosure is the directive to keep your criminal record private and makes it an offense to release your criminal record to any third-party. Both of these processes result in the same outcome: your criminal record is withheld from the public, and you can then deny it on most employment applications.

You may be wondering: am I eligible for an expungement? To be elgible for expungement, you must meet all of these requirements:

1. You were arrested, prosecuted, and then acquitted or found innocent;

2. You were arrested, convicted, and later pardoned by the governor;

3.  Your case was dismissed; your indictment was found to be void or based on false information;

4. You have not been found guilty of any felony for the past 5 years;

5. You did not receive court-ordered supervision; and

6. The statute of limitations for the offense has expired, meaning the time wherein a charge may be brought against you has passed.

For more information about clearing criminal history from your record, please contact us at (713) 574-8626 to schedule an initial consultation with an attorney.

About the Author

Kimberly D. Moss

Attorney and Counselor at Law (713) 574-8626 Kimberly Moss is a Supreme Court of Texas licensed lawyer and Dallas native who went into the practice of law with the intention of working for herself and bringing value to the community she serves. Prior to law school, she worked for Experian Inform...

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