Clearing Your Criminal Record: Expunction & Non-Disclosure Many people erroneously believe that simply because their case was dismissed or “no-billed” by a grand jury that there would be no public record of their arrest or the proceedings. However, if you were arrested and charged with a criminal offense, public records exist relating to the charges and these records are readily accessible to potential employers, licensing agencies, landlords, credit reporting agencies, etc. Furthermore, anytime you come into contact with law enforcement you are very likely going to be treated very differently the police because they will see that you have been previously arrested in their system. If you were arrested for a criminal offense and the charges were dismissed or you were acquitted of the charges, an expunction is an invaluable tool that will truly let you put the incident in the past. An expunction is extremely affordable when viewed Expunctions are not available if you received deferred adjudication for a Class B, Class A misdemeanor offense, or a felony offense of any degree. However, if you were placed on deferred adjudication for such an offense and have been discharged An arrest record can have long-term negative affects on your personal life and professional career. Innocent persons can be accused of a crime, even arrested. Sometimes these cases don’t even go to court. Some defendants are found not guilty at trial. A person may have a criminal record without knowing it, as in a mistaken identity case where the actual suspect had a similar name. These marks on someone’s criminal record often stand in the way of an educational or employment opportunity. If you wish to clear your criminal record you need to speak with a skilled Houston criminal defense attorney who can help and advise you based the specifics of your particular case. Expungement Lawyer in Houston, Texas Many people have a blemish on their record from an arrest or charges that occured when they were young. These records can haunt people for the rest of their lives because they are public records. This can affect one’s credit and one’s career. Promotions may be denied without your knowledge based on a criminal record. When this occurs, you very well just need a clean slate. Getting your record sealed through a non-disclosure order or having your record destroyed could mean receiving the new beginning that you deserve. The law, however, concerning the conditions under which an expunction or petition non-disclosure seal is possible can be complex. A petition must be filed with the correct court in order to accomplish this goal and it takes a skilled expungement lawyer to successfully fight for the court’s approval. Under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 55 expunction is available for misdemeanors and felonies. A non-disclosure seal which prevents civilian access to your record may be granted after successful completion of a deferred adjudication period. Depending upon the type of offense involved there may be a waiting period of up to five years before a petition can be filed. Some felonies are excluded and may not be petitioned. If you suspect or know that you have a criminal record discuss your case with a dedicated criminal defense lawyer who cares about your future. I, Attorney Ned Barnett, recognize the affect that a criminal arrest can have on your life and I am fully devoted to helping clients find long-term solutions. To learn about whether or not you are eligible or to get any other questions answered, contact my firm today. At my firm, I will do everything possible to clear a client’s record. If you are interested, contact a Houston expungement attorney today.