Sealing a Criminal Record
Were you or a loved one left with a criminal record after being convicted of a crime? Don’t pay for one mistake for the rest of your life. Contact an experienced San Antonio expungement lawyer for help clearing your arrest record. Here is what you should know about sealing a criminal record in Texas.
Sealing a Criminal Record | Expungement
An expunction is only available where a citizen was arrested, but charges were dismissed or the defendant was found not guilty after a trial. An expunction will destroy all records related to your arrest. If your case was dismissed, you can request an expunction after the statute of limitations has run on that crime. If you won an acquittal at trial, you can seek an expunction immediately. Contact us for more information about the waiting period or to pursue an expunction in your case.
An expunction means you can deny ever being arrested on employment applications or anywhere else (except in a criminal trial). No one can find the records, but you need a San Antonio expungement lawyer who will list all the entities that need to be informed about the expunction.
Rules for expunging juvenile criminal histories are different from those for adult convictions and require a more involved analysis. Please contact our criminal law office to discuss these details, and we will determine if we can assist you.
Sealing a Criminal Record | Deferred Adjudication
Record sealing is not available where probation was imposed or a conviction was obtained. But you can seek a sealed record or an order of nondisclosure to prevent nongovernment parties from accessing the records if you successfully complete deferred adjudication.
Sealing a Criminal Record | Consequences
College admissions boards, employers, creditors, and landlords can all potentially gain access to your criminal record if they are interested in a background check. Many companies hired to perform background checks do not accurately communicate the details of your case such as a dismissal, which could result in job loss or damage to your career and reputation. We are sympathetic to the various needs of our clients and will help you explore your options and alternatives to preserve your liberties and your rights.
Contact Rush & Gransee, L.C., today for a free initial consultation or case evaluation with an experienced San Antonio expungement lawyer. Our attorneys have extensive experience in the criminal record sealing and expunction process.