Expunctions

If you have been arrested, you may think that nothing can be done to remove this information from your criminal history.  An arrest record can affect your ability to obtain employment, or rent an apartment.  However, in some cases, you can clear your record and get a fresh start.  “Expungement” (also, expunction)  is a legal process in which a Texas district court orders that your criminal history on a particular case be destroyed.  Once an expunction is granted, your arrest record, and any other files associated with your case are destroyed, all computer records of the case are deleted, and you are no longer required to admit that you were arrested or charge with this offense when filling out job applications, looking for housing, etc.  By law, this criminal history information cannot be used against you once it is expunged.

Were you found not guilty at trial?  Was your case was dismissed?  Was your case no billed by a grand jury?  If so, you may be able to clear your criminal history with a Texas expungement!  Also, you may be entitled to an expunction if you successfully completed deferred adjudication probation on a class “C” misdemeanor charge (e.g., theft under $50, assault/contact or threats, issuance of bad check, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, manifesting purpose of prostitution, etc).  Class C misdemeanors can be expunged, usually upon the expiration of the probation, upon dismissal, or if you were acquitted at trial in a Texas court.  Don’t delay.  Call now to find out if your Texas criminal record can be expunged.

At Berlof & Newton, P.C., we handle expunctions throughout the State of Texas.  Not only do we represent expungement clients in Dallas County, Collin County, Tarrant County, Denton County, Ellis County, Kaufman County, and Rockwall County, we also handle expunction matters in ALL TEXAS COUNTIES.  Why wait?  Call our Dallas County expunction lawyers now @ (214) 494-8990, or use the contact form on this website, to find out if we can expunge your Texas criminal case.

WHY YOU NEED AN EXPUNCTION

If you have been arrested, this fact is easily discoverable by potential employers, or anyone else who researches your criminal history information.  A record of your arrest is maintained by a number of city, state, and federal agencies, irrespective of the outcome of your case. These agencies include City Attorneys, District Attorneys, Police Agencies, Sheriffs Offices, County Jails, Bond Desks, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the FBI.  In addition, the internet makes your criminal record easy to find for anyone with a computer.  Many counties now provide this information online, free of charge.  Anyone with an internet connection can view your criminal case information, simply by visiting that county’s website and filling in the appropriate information.

To search someone’s Dallas County criminal history, click here.

To view Collin County criminal records, click here.

For Denton County, click here.

Want to check Rockwall County?  Click here.

Once granted, an expunction will cause any computer entries of this type to be deleted.

statutory law

In Texas, expunctions are governed, in part, by Article 55.01 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, which reads as follows.  Please know that this statute is included for reference purposes only. Other statutes and/or case law will, in all probability, apply to your situation.  You are strongly encouraged to seek legal advice from a qualified attorney who handles expunction matters, rather than relying on your own interpretation of this statute.  Berlof & Newton, P.C. can help.  Call us today!  (214) 494-8990.