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What is expungement?

In the State of Texas, there are certain instances where you can have your criminal records returned to you or destroyed.  This is referred to as “expungement,” and is only available if:

  • A criminal charge against you has been dismissed
  • You have been found not guilty of a criminal charge
  • You have been pardoned
  • Someone used your name when they were arrested (theft of your identity)
  • You are a minor charged with your first drinking offense
  • You are a minor who has successfully completed a deferred sentence.

Additionally, if you have been involved in an alternative sentencing program in Texas (deferred adjudication) where you have been successfully discharged and dismissed, then you may get a “nondisclosure order” for them, if the charges involved some misdemeanors or felonies and a set number of years (5, misdemeanors; 10, felonies) has passed.  This is a recent alternative to expungement.

Expungement is a great benefit to criminal defendants.  It is the position of many criminal defense attorneys that the opportunity to expunge criminal records should be taken if at all possible. Why?  For many reasons, such as:

  • beginning September 1, 2003, Texas law changed to allow one-time offenders who completed deferred adjudication probation to get their records expunged
  • if you successfully expunge your criminal records you can legally deny that you were ever arrested or charged

How Dallas Criminal Defense Attorney Michael Lowe Can Help Expunge Criminal Records

Criminal lawyer Michael Lowe helps many clients get their records expunged.  Of course, expungement is only available if certain criteria are met.  As your criminal expungement attorney, Michael Lowe will take the time to interview you and determine whether you are eligible to have your criminal records expunged.  If you are eligible, he will handle the expunction in a timely and professional manner.

Expungement is a very detailed topic and as a criminal attorney, Michael Lowe fields lots of questions about how expungement can work for people.  Accordingly, he has provided more information on the topic of expungement on this site as well as the related site, RecordHelp.Com, for your convenience:

Dallas criminal defense attorney Michael Lowe is available to help individuals who would like a record seal or expungement.  For a legal consultation, please take the “do-it-yourself eligibility

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