Have you been wondering what it would take to obtain a clear criminal record?
You’ve come to the right place. The criminal lawyers at Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant have vast experience with helping those who are eligible clear their records.
There are a few ways you can have your criminal record cleared, but there are some things you must understand before beginning the process. First off, have you ever been arrested? If so, you have a criminal record—regardless of if the court dismissed your cased or not. The fact that you were arrested will remain on your record. Second, have you been acquitted for a crime? If the answer is yes, your record will still show you were arrested and received a criminal charge.
Further, you have a criminal record if you were granted deferred adjudication probation—it will show you were arrested, charged with a crime and then placed on deferred adjudication.
The general public has access to criminal records, and numerous people and businesses conduct background checks. So if you have a criminal record, it could affect your ability to get a job, rent an apartment or secure a loan. Therefore, it is a wise choice to take the necessary steps to attain a clear criminal record.
Need a Clear Criminal Record?
At the law firm of Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant, LLP, located in Denton, Texas, our criminal attorneys regularly assist clients in clearing their criminal records, and we can help you too! Depending on what happened with your criminal case, you may choose to seek an expunction, order of nondisclosure or a pardon:
- If you have ever been arrested or charged with a crime and that case was dismissed or you were acquitted in trial, you may be eligible for an expunction.
- If you have ever received deferred adjudication probation, you may be eligible to have those records sealed by an order of nondisclosure.
- If you do not believe that you qualify for an Expunction or an order of nondisclosure, you may qualify for a pardon.
Clear Criminal Record Via Expunction
If you have ever been arrested or charged with a crime, and that case was dismissed or you were acquitted in trial, you may be eligible for an expunction (also known as expungement). This process will clear the record of your arrest, meaning it will not appear on a public records search by employers or anyone else. Texans with a criminal record can permanently remove information about an arrest, charge or conviction from that record under certain conditions. Once an order has been issued approving the expungement, all information regarding the criminal case, including the conviction, is removed from the criminal record, and that person can deny the incident ever occurred.
Expunction is only available under certain circumstances and for certain crimes. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys can provide you with more information. Contact our law firm here, or call us at (940) 387-3518 if you’d like to have a clear criminal record by way of expungement.
Clear Criminal Record Via Deferred Adjudication Nondisclosure Orders
Many people believe that deferred adjudication probation does not show up on criminal records. This idea is false; your criminal record will indeed show that you were arrested, charged with a crime and put on deferred adjudication probation for that crime. This can make it very difficult to get hired for employment, rent an apartment or even secure a loan or mortgage.
Fortunately, the Texas legislature passed a law in 2003 that permits permanently sealing these records, preventing them from being seen by the general public. If you completed deferred adjudication probation, you may be eligible to seal your records. To do so, you must take action by requesting an order of nondisclosure, or your records will remain unsealed.
Please call the law firm of Hayes, Berry, White & Vanzant at (940) 387-3518 if you would like to learn more about obtaining a clear criminal record by having your records sealed. You may also contact us here.
Contact Our Firm Today for a Clear Criminal Record
If you have questions about expunctions or orders of nondisclosure in Texas—or to learn if you are eligible to have your criminal record cleared—we are here to help! Just contact our criminal defense lawyers here, or give us a call at (940) 387-3518 to discuss your case.