Expungements in Texas | What You Need to Know

When someone has been convicted of a crime, they quickly come to understand the ramifications of obtaining a criminal record. Fortunately, in many cases, individuals who have been charged with certain crimes may be eligible to have that crime expunged from their record. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Texas criminal defense attorneys to learn more about expungements in Texas. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Can I have my criminal record expunged in Texas?

Some of the crimes that may be eligible for expungement in Texas are as follows:

  • Some misdemeanor juvenile offenses
  • Certain underage alcohol offenses
  • Failing to attend school
  • Crimes acquitted by a trial court or the Criminal Court of Appeals
  • Crimes pardoned either by the Governor of Texas or the President of the United States
  • Criminal charges that were later dismissed
  • Being arrested for a crime, though never facing formal charges for the alleged crime

What crimes are ineligible for expungement in the state of Texas?

If you were convicted of any of the following crimes, you may not have your record expunged:

  • You were convicted of a crime that was determined to be part of a criminal episode
  • You have charges pending against you for a different crime
  • You received deferred adjudication or probation
  • You were charged with an additional felony within a 5-year period of a separate felony offense.

What is the difference between a sealed crime and an expungement?

Many people commit crimes that are ineligible for expungement. However, fortunately, there are certain crimes that can still be sealed, which is nearly as good. A sealed crime is essentially when a criminal record is not entirely destroyed, however, it cannot be viewed by everyone. This will make it easier for you to get a job, live in certain places, and more. It essentially shields your record from the general public. That being said, hospitals, law enforcement, schools, and certain state hiring authorities will still have the ability to view your record. You may have your record sealed if:

  • You were placed on deferred adjunction for the crime
  • You completed deferred adjunction
  • The statute of limitations for the crime has passed

That being said, keep in mind that the following crimes may not be sealed, under any circumstances:

  • Sexual assault
  • Murder
  • Child endangerment
  • Stalking
  • Aggravated kidnapping
  • Domestic violence

Contact our experienced Houston firm

We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.