Dallas Expungement Attorney

About Expungements

In many cases, an arrest is issued but the state does not have enough of a case to convict a person for whatever crime they supposedly committed. In this instance, the state frequently drops the case against the suspect. Other times, juries will find an individual not guilty. When this happens, an individual is not guilty of a crime but an arrest still shows up on their criminal record. This can still be damaging, even if an individual was never convicted of anything.

If this is the case, an expungement is your best option. An expungement is a type of lawsuit in which the suspect in a prior criminal investigation or proceeding seeks to have the record of that previous process be sealed or destroyed. This restores the subject’s name. Even though an expungement deals with an underlying criminal record, the expungement suit is actually a civil suit.

Texas law allows for the expungement of arrests which did not lead to a finding of guilt. It also allows people that have been convicted of a Class C Misdemeanor to expunge this record if the defendant received deferred adjudication and completed their community service and supervision. If the defendant was found guilty, pled guilty, or pled “no contest” to any offense other than a Class C Misdemeanor, the record is not eligible for expungement but the record may be eligible for non-disclosure if deferred adjudication was granted.

Following the expungement suit, the release, distribution, or use of expunged records by any agency is prohibited. Also, even if a person is questioned while under oath, the defendant may deny the occurrence of the arrest and the expungement order.

Contact a Dallas Expungement Lawyer

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Expungement FAQs

Can an expungement be denied?

Yes, an expungement can be denied. A civil court may turn down an expungement for a variety of reasons. Reasons for denial include the following: the legal timeframe since the arrest or probation has not yet passed, fines have not been paid, additional convictions exist, a previous expungement exists, there are pending arrests, the case is still considered by the court, or the person in question is registered as a sex offender. An experienced attorney from the [firm-name] will be able to better your chances at having a successful expungement lawsuit.

Are records ever automatically expunged?

Automatic expungement is sometimes the case for juveniles, but adults rarely have their arrest and conviction records sealed or expunged after a couple of years. In order to have your records sealed or expunged, you will most likely have to file an expungement lawsuit. If the lawsuit is successful, your arrest record will either be sealed or destroyed. Expungement can be a complicated legal process, but it can result in the restoration of your name and reputation. For the best chances at a successful expungement suit, it is wise to find a strong attorney to help guide you through the potentially complex process. Our attorneys have years of experience clearing the names of clients all over the Dallas area.

Who is eligible for an expungement?

A person is eligible for expungement if they were arrested but not charged or the case was dismissed. In addition, people who received deferred adjudication for a Class C Misdemeanor are eligible. Individuals must meet a number of qualifications before the court will consider expungement. For example, the minimum time must have passed since the arrest, and the person involved cannot have received any further charges. With a complicated topic like expungement, it is always best to seek the advice of an attorney to determine whether you are eligible. For more information about expungement, contact the lawyers at the [firm-name].