Do you have a past criminal record that you would like to put behind you? Just being charged with a crime can do serious damage to your criminal record. A criminal background check turns up any arrest you may have, even if you were found not guilty or were falsely accused. In addition, this may be visible by employers, lenders and other institutions who engage in criminal background checks.
Also, the internet has made it possible for anyone to quickly and affordably perform a criminal background check. This could include possible landlords, potential employers, banks and mortgage firms, schools and even your spouse or friends. Expunctions, also known as expungements, are a way to get criminal records sealed in Texas.
Under certain circumstances, the State of Texas allows the destruction, otherwise known as expungement, of a criminal record. Expungement involves the elimination or sealing of legal criminal records. However, getting your criminal record expunged is a complicated process that is best performed by an experienced expungements lawyer.
Expungements and Expunctions
If you were found not guilty, or if your case was dismissed, attorney Trent Loftin can help you get an expungement to clear your name. Expunction essentially erases any history of your arrest. Even if you had pleaded guilty to a crime and received deferred adjudication probation, you may be able to have your record sealed by petitioning for nondisclosure in some cases.
Many county and district offices in the state of Texas maintain computer databases which contain arrest records and case dispositions. Due to the Texas Open Records Act, arrest records can also be viewed for employment background investigations, loan applications and apartment leasing. Any prior criminal conduct can be searched at the courthouse or municipal court. The only way to clear this criminal record is through expungement (or expunction).
Expungments (or Expunction) can help you:
- Clear your record
- Legally say that you have never been convicted in many situations
- Purchase a home
- Receive a loan
- Get a job
You can have your record expunged if:
- Your legal case was dismissed
- You were found not guilty
- You won an appeal in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
- You have completed deferred adjudication probation for a Class C Misdemeanor
- Someone else was arrested under your name
- You received a pardon from the Governor of Texas or the President of the United States
The expungement process may take some time, so it’s best to get started is now. When the expunction process is completed, Fort Worth expungement lawyer Trent Loftin helps clients begin with a new clean slate that has cleared them from mistakes of the past.