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Stalking and Expunction

Stalking is a Class A misdemeanor according to the Texas Penal Code. It carries with it a penalty of up to $4,000 and/or up to a year in prison. If there is a prior conviction for stalking, the crime becomes a third degree felony which carries with it two to ten years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

In addition to the prison time and fines, an individual convicted of stalking is faced with the social stigma of having a criminal record that shows not only an arrest but a conviction. It will also show the prison time. This criminal record can hurt an individual’s chances of employment as well as impeded the individual’s ability to find gainful employment.

Fortunately, Class A misdemeanors can be expunged from a person’s criminal record. If the one conviction is the only charge on the person’s record, this simple action will leave the person record-free. In other cases, it will lessen the stigma associated with the person.

Unfortunately, unlike many Class C misdemeanors, a person cannot have his or her stalking conviction removed from his or her record immediately after the prison sentence or parole period or probation period. Stalking is one of the misdemeanors that require the convicted defendant to wait five years after the date of discharge and dismissal of the misdemeanor offense before filing a petition for expunction.

Other crimes in this category include unlawful restraint, public lewdness, indecent exposure, assault, deadly conduct, disorderly conduct, harassment, and unlawful carrying of a firearm. In addition to the waiting period for expunction, the individual may not incur any offense other than a fine-only traffic ticket during the entire period.

Contact a Dallas Expungement Lawyer

If you were convicted of stalking and would like to have the arrest and conviction removed from your record, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 to determine your eligibility.