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Dallas Criminal Attorney Explains 3 Facts About Criminal Record Expunction In Texas

If you have been convicted of a crime, then you may be familiar with the consequences of having a criminal record. This can inhibit your abilities to secure employment, travel and find a residence.

Fortunately, there may be a way to expunge your criminal record, which can restore these lost privileges. However, there are a number of requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for expunction.

If you were arrested and would like to speak with a Dallas criminal attorney about your options, contact the Law Offices of Robert Gregg today at (214) 891-7536 for a free initial consultation.

In the meantime, read on to learn three facts about criminal record expunction in Texas:

  1. Each situation involving criminal record expunction is unique.

Cases can end in several ways, and the outcome of yours may affect your eligibility for expunction. Examples of different outcomes that may influence your eligibility include:

  • If the defendant was convicted;
  • If the case was dismissed;
  • If the defendant was pardoned;
  • If the defendant was acquitted;
  • And if the defendant was found innocent.

There are a number of other critical requirements that may differ depending on your situation, according to Texas laws. Your attorney can evaluate the likelihood that you qualify for expunction.

  1. A criminal attorney can guide you through the expunction process.

The initial process of requesting an expunction may seem straightforward, but a small oversight or mistake could compromise your interests. This is where an attorney can help.

The process starts by filing a “Petition for Expunction of Criminal Records.” You will also need to provide an official copy of your fingerprints.

Your petition and fingerprints should then be filed with the District Clerk’s Office in the same county in which you were initially arrested. Copies of these documents will also need to be sent to the state prosecutor.

These documents will be carefully reviewed by the courts, and a decision will be made as to whether or not you meet the qualifications for expuning your record. Most class C misdemeanors fit the parameters necessary for expunction, as do any crimes under which you completed a probation period. However, even if you believe that your record lies outside of these parameters, there may still be options.

  1. Expunction offers potentially life-changing benefits.

A successful expunction will effectively clear your criminal history, meaning that you will not have to disclose information about your criminal record to possible employers. Also, it will not be visible to any local, state or federal authorities.

If you are interested in having a criminal record expunged, contact the Law Offices of Robert Gregg today. As an experienced criminal lawyer in Dallas, Mr. Gregg can help you file the necessary paperwork and avoid mistakes during the expunction process. He can also save you time by determining whether or not you may qualify for expunction. To schedule a consultation, call us today at (214) 891-7536.