Texas Expungement Law
Cleaning the Record
When you are arrested, the consequences from the charges can affect your entire life for a long time. Even if you get the charges dropped, they can still be on your record, which can create issues with mortgages, leases and even employment. When this happens, the best way to protect yourself and begin to repair the problems in your life is through expungement or record sealing.
Understanding the Law and Expungement in Texas
The first thing to understand is that there is a difference between expungement and record sealing. Record sealing, also known as non-disclosure, means that access to your prior record is limited and most people will not be able to see your criminal history. However, the documents are still there and can be opened with a court order. And, with nondisclosure, law enforcement agencies and all Texas professional licensing agencies will still see the records.
Expungement, on the other hand, gets rid of your criminal record entirely. It is no longer there for anyone to find, even with a court order. Any electronic or physical copy of the file are destroyed as if they were never there to begin with. The judge will have less discretion concerning expungement requests than with sealing records.
Clearing Your Name
At The Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, we will fight for your right to have your record expunged. There are several circumstances under which people can be eligible for expungement. An attorney can help you determine if you fall into these categories. These include, but are not limited to:
- Arrested but not charged
- Charges were dismissed
- Charges resulting from identity theft
- Criminal Court of Appeals acquittal
Hire an Expungement Lawyer Immediately
If you have been charged with a serious offense that threatens your life, and you expungement in Texas then contact Philip M. Gommels. The processes for having this done are complex and detailed, and only an attorney has the expertise to help get you through. If you or someone you know needs to have your record expunged, call us today for a consultation.