We can help with sealing or expunging your Criminal Records.
BENEFITS OF HAVING YOUR RECORDS SEALED
A criminal record can affect various areas of your life by significantly decreasing your chances of getting a job, hindering admittance into colleges, or hampering access to home or business loans We can help with the process of having your criminal past sealed from the public, prospective employers, schools and colleges.
Val Zuniga is experienced in the matters of sealing criminal records. In Call 713-DRUG LAW (378-4529) now to protect yourself. We are here, ready and available to help evaluate and defend your case. We offer you the chance to a free consultation before you decide to employ us to represent your best interests.
EXPUNCTION OF A CRIMINAL RECORD
Seeking an expunction can be a lengthy, complex process. Expunction permanently removes information about an arrest, charge or conviction from a person’s record. In order to be eligible for expunction, your case must be one of the following:
- An arrest for a crime that was never charged
- A criminal charge that was ultimately dismissed by the judge
- Certain qualifying misdemeanor juvenile offenses
- Conviction of a minor for certain alcohol offenses
- Conviction for failure to attend school
- Arrest, charge or conviction on a person’s record due to identity theft by another individual who was actually arrested, charged and convicted of the crime
- Conviction for a crime that was later acquitted by the trial court or the Criminal Court of Appeals
- Conviction for a crime that was later pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the US President
Furthermore, the court will not grant an expunction for any of the above cases to adults who have received deferred adjudication, probation, or have been convicted of a felony within five years of the arrest the person is seeking to have expunged. In addition, the court will not grant expunctions if the offense is part of a criminal transaction where the applicant has charges pending for a different crime that occurred during the same transaction. Lastly, a person cannot seek an expunction until the statute of limitations for the crime has run out.
NON-DISCLOSURE OF A CRIMINAL RECORD
If your case is not eligible for expunction, non-disclosure may be appropriate. An application for non-disclosure makes criminal records inaccessible to civilians. What this means is that only criminal justice professionals will have access to these records. In order to be eligible for non-disclosure, a person must wait until the statutory waiting period has passed, and he/she cannot be convicted of any additional charges during this statutory waiting period. The following offenses are NOT eligible for non-disclosure:
- Abandoning or Endangering a Child
- Aggravated Kidnapping
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Capital Murder
- Compelling Prostitution
- Family Violence Offenses
- Indecency with a Child
- Injury to a Child, Elderly or Disabled Individual
- Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Performance by a Child
- Unlawful Restraint, Kidnapping, or Restraint of a Child Less than 17 Years Old
- Violation of Protective Order or Magistrate’s Order
If you believe your record is eligible for expunction or non-disclosure, call 713-DRUG LAW (378-4529) to protect yourself. We are here, ready and available to help evaluate and defend your case. We offer you the chance to a free consultation before you decide to employ us to represent your best interests and protect your future.