Assisting Central Texans with Expungement and Non-Disclosure Orders
If you have been arrested in the past, you already know that an arrest and criminal record can impact your life for many years. However, under certain conditions, the state of Texas allows you to petition a court to have your arrest and/or criminal record hidden from public viewing, or even deleted entirely if you qualify for an expungement.
At Fair and Fair, PLLC, our attorneys provide affordable and comprehensive representation to help Central Texans clean up their criminal records. Feel free to take our no-cost Expungement Eligibility Questionnaire or contact us for a free initial consultation.
Requirements for an Expungement in Texas
If you can meet the following conditions, you can petition a court to have your record deleted. This process is known as Expungement and, once the court issues an Order of Record Expungement, your arrested record and criminal history pertaining to the charge you listed in the Petition for Expungement is cleared.
If your record is expunged, you can legally assert that you were never arrested, charged, and/or convicted. Essentially, this mean you can swear under oath, in both civil and criminal matters, that you have no criminal record. Additionally, you can deny on employment applications, home loans, or even Small Business Administrations loans/grants that you have a criminal records.
The basic requirements for an adult petitioning for expungment requires you to meet one of the following:
- You were arrested, charged, went to trial, and later aquitted (found to be innocent)
- You were arrested, charged, went to trial, convicted (found to be guilty), but were later pardoned by the Governor of Texas
- You were formally charged with a crime, but the charge was later dismissed, and the statute of limitations for the crime you were charged has ran out
- You were arrested for a crime, but were never formally charged with a crime, and the waiting period specified by law has been satisfied.
- Class C misdemeanor waiting period – 180 days from the date of arrest
- Class B or A misdemeanor waiting period – one year from the date of arrest
- Felony waiting period – three years from the date of arrest
However, expungement is not allowed in cases of arrests and/or conviction for certain types of crimes and certain administrative records that include, but are not limited to:
- Crimes of a sexual nature
- Felonies that include violence
- Domestic violence
- Probation Records
- DWI (specific criteria must be met beyond basic requirements for an expunction)
- Department of Motor Vehicle Records
Our firm is located in Waco, but we serve clients throughout McLennan County, Bell County, Brazos County, and the surrounding counties in the Central Texas area. Additionally, we also offer estate planning services online to better assist clients throughout the state of Texas with their estate planning needs.