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How to Expunge Criminal Records

It seems that our lives are on display for everyone today.  Internet . . . Our personal lives show up on the internet -- an amazing source of information.  Hundreds of firms sell personal information at a reasonable price, and that is the problem for a person arrested for a crime, then acquitted of that crime. Recent college graduates are anxious to make a good impression for that first job interview.  The graduate knows that his or arrest for “public intoxication” or “minor in possession” is lurking out there ready for the potential employer to discover.  The new graduate may have gone through probation and had the charges dismissed, but the fact of the arrest remains for the world to find.

As a job applicants you will probably give your potential employers  permission to obtain your complete criminal history as part of the application process.  When this happens, the potential employer will query the State of Texas Criminal Database, and will find any arrests, even if the case was eventually dismissed. In a tight job market, any “black mark” on your record will place you behind a person without an arrest. 

The law offers hope to those who want to “clean up” their criminal history.  It is the process of “expungement, ” which Black’s Legal Dictionary defines as “Process by which record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed after expiration of time.”

Can any criminal record be expunged?

No.  Any conviction is a permanent record and a pardon by the governor is the only way to erase that record.  Even if you are placed on probation, and finish probation, that criminal record cannot be expunged.

Criminal records that may be expunged include records of arrest that were never pursued by the prosecutor then eventually dismissed, and any acquittal following a trial.

Non-Dislosure of Deferred Adjudication

Other records cannot be expunged, but they can be hidden from public view with an “Order of Non-Disclosure.”  Records in this category are misdemeanors that were dismissed following a sentence of “Deferred Adjudication.”

Class C Misdemeanors can be expunged. 

I can help. 

If you are interested in deciding whether to expunge your criminal history, you should begin by purchasing a complete criminal history from the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Review what information is in your criminal history, then contact David Moody to expunge or hide those criminal records that may prevent you from winning that dream job.  

For expungement details, contact David Moody, 806-791-2400.   The fee for a simple expungement is $1,000.00 for attorney's fees plus court costs of about $350.00.  The process takes about six weeks, so plan ahead.

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