Fort Worth Expungement Attorney
Don't Let Your Past Dictate Your Future
Your record shows any arrest, any charge and the outcome of the case—even if you were found not guilty, the charges were dismissed or you had a deferred adjudication. These records can be accessed by anyone and are a matter of public record. Prospective employers, business partners, landlords or neighbors can easily access your record.
You may not have been convicted of anything, but your record can give off a less than favorable impression about you, causing you to be passed over for employment, business opportunities and other activities. If your past is holding you back, you should know that you have options; you may be able to expunge or seal your criminal record with the help of a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer.
Are you ready to move past your criminal record once and for all?
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Expungement vs. Record Sealing in Texas
An order of expunction can be sought to remove your criminal record from the Texas Department of Public Safety database. If you have completed deferred adjudication in a criminal case and had your case listed as dismissed, you can also take action to get this record sealed. This is called an order of nondisclosure. Expungement, while often wrongly used interchangeably with record sealing, allows for the complete destruction of a record. Sealing differs in that the records are only hidden, but not destroyed.
You may be eligible to pursue an order of expunction if:
- You were arrested for a crime but not formally charged
- Your criminal charges were dismissed
- You were convicted of a misdemeanor as a juvenile
- Your offense was a minor alcohol-related crime
- You received a governor's pardon or U.S. president's pardon
- You were convicted of failure to attend school
- You were acquitted of your charges after an appeal
The state of Texas is one of a few states that allow for the complete deletion of arrest records through expunction. As a Fort Worth criminal defense attorney with more than a decade of legal experience, I am available to assist you with either process. Expunging or sealing your criminal past can provide you with the freedom and peace of mind that you need to move on with your life, so you shouldn't wait any longer to take the first step. Contact my firm today to learn more about your legal options.
Are certain crimes ineligible for expunction?
If you pled guilty or no contest or were found guilty of a crime in the state of Texas, expungement is usually not an option. Similarly, you may not qualify if you have received deferred adjudication of probation, you were convicted of a felony within five years of your arrest, or the statute of limitations for that crime has not passed. The statute of limitations will vary from case to case, but refers to the amount of time that you must wait before you can file an order of expunction or nondisclosure.
Certain crimes are also ineligible for expunction, including:
- Child molestation
- Sexual battery
- Drunk driving (DWI)
- Vehicular homicide
- Fleeing the scene
- Theft crimes
How do I file for expunction or nondisclosure?
If you are interested in expunging or sealing your criminal record, it is highly recommended that you retain the assistance of a criminal lawyer in Fort Worth. Petitioning for an expunction or nondisclosure is a complicated process, and one wrong move could result in a denial. For this reason, I encourage you to contact the Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi to determine if you qualify. My firm can not only help you to fill out and file all necessary paperwork, but I can also represent you at your hearing.
Simply put, the process of seeking an expunction or nondisclosure includes:
- You will apply for a petition of expunction of nondisclosure
- You will fill out the required form and have it notarized
- The court will schedule a hearing and send you a notice
- You will state your case to the court at your hearing
- Your petition will either be granted or denied by the court
Improve your future – contact my firm today!
I can provide you with the proper legal guidance to ensure that your records are properly expunged or sealed. If you believe that your charges qualify for expungement, take action now and contact me for a free consultation. The sooner you act, the sooner you can get on with your life! I have been assisting clients throughout Fort Worth and all surrounding areas for more than a decade, so you can trust that your future will be in good hands when you turn to the Law Office of A. Oliver Hassibi for help with your case.
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