An expungement is a right that allows for people to clear their criminal record. The purpose of an expungement is to prevent innocent folks from suffering extra burdens and adverse consequences simply because of error on part of the police and/ or prosecution. Expungements are not intended to allow a person who is arrested, pleads guilty, and receives probation to expunge his or her record, but rather is to allow those who have been wrongfully arrested to expunge their arrest records. Merely completing the terms of a deferred adjudication and obtaining a dismissal does not entitle a petitioner to expunction of criminal records.
You can have your criminal record expunged under the following circumstances:
- If you were found not guilty
- If one was charged but the case was later dismissed due to lack of probable cause
- If the Grand Jury refused to issue an Indictment in your case
- If you won your appeal in the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
- If your criminal record was the result of identity theft
- If you completed deferred adjudication probation for a Class C misdemeanor
- If you received a pardon from the Governor of Texas or the President of the United States
Texas expunction law says that, once the judge enters your order for expungement, you have a clean slate and are free to deny anything associated with the expunged case. Put simply, an expunction of criminal records erases any history of your arrest. If you think you are eligible for an Expunction, then contact us before to schedule your initial consultation with a Houston Expunction lawyer.