Ready to Clear Your Record?

If you want to go to a good college, enjoy exciting job prospects or even join the Armed Forces, a criminal record is a no-go. That arrest for shoplifting, bouncing a check or having an open bottle in your car will be in your records where any employer, college or Army recruiter can see it. The solution is to work with a Dallas expunction lawyer and have the record of the arrest expunged or sealed.

Note: Expunctions and orders of nondisclosure are not available for all crimes, and only for arrests of certain crimes that do not lead to conviction. You can expunge a record of arrest for disorderly conduct, but not a conviction for that offense. Likewise, there is no expunction or sealing of records for more serious crimes.

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Ready to Clear Your Record?

If you want to go to a good college, enjoy exciting job prospects or even join the Armed Forces, a criminal record is a no-go. That arrest for shoplifting, bouncing a check or having an open bottle in your car will be in your records where any employer, college or Army recruiter can see it. The solution is to work with a Dallas expunction lawyer and have the record of the arrest expunged or sealed.

Note: Expunctions and orders of nondisclosure are not available for all crimes, and only for arrests of certain crimes that do not lead to conviction. You can expunge a record of arrest for disorderly conduct, but not a conviction for that offense. Likewise, there is no expunction or sealing of records for more serious crimes.

What Charges Qualify for Expunction or Orders of Nondisclosure?

Board certified Dallas defense attorney Sally Goodman has successfully cleaned up the records of hundreds of individuals, most of them young, who were arrested for a limited number of crimes. Some of the offenses that may be eligible for expunction are the following:

  1. Misdemeanor theft
  2. Shoplifting
  3. Criminal trespass
  4. Disorderly conduct
  5. Jumping bail
  6. Bad checks
  7. Simple assault
  8. Leaving a child in a vehicle
  9. Public intoxication
  10. Possession of alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle
  11. Driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor
  12. Minor in possession of alcohol
  13. Minor in possession of tobacco
  14. Misdemeanor possession of marijuana and controlled substances

How Expungement Works in Texas

Texas expungement law allows for the expungement of arrests for crimes which did not lead to a guilty verdict, and class C misdemeanors where the defendant received deferred adjudication (Deferred adjudication is also known as adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, probation before judgement, or deferred entry of judgment – this is a plea deal in which a defendant pleads “guilty” or “no contest” to charges in exchange for meeting certain requirements laid out by the court, i.e. community service, probation, or some other sort of community supervision.), and completed a community supervision.

Defendants who were found guilty, pleaded guilty, or pleaded no contest to any offenses outside the realm of class C misdemeanors are not eligible for expungement, but they may be eligible for non-disclosure if they were granted a deferred adjudication.

 

Expunction and Orders Of Nondisclosure

Expungement of an arrest record requires filing a civil lawsuit against the government agencies managing your criminal records. Sally Goodman can help you create and file this document, which asks that specific criminal charges be deleted from the database. If the court finds favor with the suit, all agencies with your record will be told to destroy it.

Unlike an expunction of arrest record, an order of nondisclosure (record sealing) would still allow certain entities to have access to your criminal record. Your record is not destroyed, but it is no longer accessible to the general public. However, both an expunction of your arrest record and an order of nondisclosure, will permit you to legally say that you have never been arrested. Why would you consider Dallas County orders of nondisclosure instead of expungement? Some crimes may not qualify for expungement, but may be eligible for an order of nondisclosure. There are several steps that must be followed to properly file for either option. If you have questions about expunction or record-sealing, give Sally Goodman, Dallas criminal expunction attorney a call at 214-748-3230 or write to her using our online contact form. She will be happy to explain both processes to you.

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Suite 2030
Dallas, TX 75201