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Expungements & Sealing

Clear Your Record with Attorney D. Chris Hesse

Criminal records are debilitating, preventing you from gaining employment, applying for loans, and finding housing. In Texas, individuals that have completed their deferred adjudication probation may be eligible for expungement or record sealing. Under Texas Government Code § 411.0755, a record that has been expunged or successfully sealed does not have to be disclosed to a future employer.

Because not everyone is eligible, it is important to pursue this process with an experienced expungement lawyer in Amarillo. The Law Offices of D. Chris Hesse has been assisting Amarillo residents with criminal matters for many years. Our lead attorney has the unique perspective of both a former prosecutor and a U.S. Marine, something you rarely find at other law firms.

Tell us about your case by filling out a free evaluation form online today!

Understanding the Eligibility Requirements in Texas

Expungement and orders of nondisclosure are very different from one another, but both are equally valuable. Expungement results in the complete eradication of a criminal record, while an order of nondisclosure removes the record from the public eye. The latter is also referred to as sealing in some states.

You may be eligible for expungement if:

  • You were arrested but not charged
  • Your charge was dismissed
  • Your offense was a qualifying misdemeanor juvenile
  • You are a victim of identity theft
  • You were later acquitted by the Criminal Court of Appeals

It should also be noted that certain criminal acts cannot be expunged from a record. These offenses include child molestation, prostitution, sexual battery, theft, and serious traffic offenses like DUI or vehicular homicide.

You may be eligible for an order of nondisclosure if:

  • You successfully completed deferred adjudication
  • You do not have any disqualifying criminal history
  • You have waited the appropriate length of time to seek an order of nondisclosure
  • You have not been convicted of any criminal offenses while on deferred adjudication

Given the very strict criteria for both expungement and orders of nondisclosure, it can be overwhelming to determine if you qualify, not to mention submit the necessary paperwork. Fortunately, you do not have to go through this process on your own.

Attorney D. Chris Hesse is ready to help you fight for the future you need and can use proven strategies to help you get there. Contact our firm today to get started!

Recent Reviews & Testimonials

  • One of the most caring and savvy lawyers I know

    “You could say I have lived a colourful life. Did the college thing because the family expected It. However, I did manage to rack up several arrests in my former life. Well, as anyoneknows after some point your bond is no longer low and the the potential time vastly increases. I played college athletics and got in my share of bar fights; they were brushed under the rug and I got a slap on the wrists. Several years went by and I thought the monster in me was tamed, but last year I was at a Christmas party and once the beer was gone, the "good stuff" was cracked open. And with the liquor and family, exes, baby daddies, and a brother in law I can not stand: one thing led to another. Long story short I took a punch and like anyone with a history of fighting, I swung back. But a lot harder. Well, I get arrested. Even though it was self defence. But. Judges don't look at the person. They just see the record and a recurring problem. My bond was amazingly high and all the sudden I'm facing a felony and they are throwing numbers around like monopoly money. Well, luckily I got in touch with Chris Hesse. He told me to calm down, and reached me on a personal level. For the first 20 minutes we talked about who will win the Super Bowl. Lol. Not only did he fight for me, he showed he cared when everyone else seemed to just want to throw the book at me. He got my assult charge and disorderly conduct charges dismissed!! No court fees. And I was able to bring in the New Years around my friends, and grass and my own bed! Lol. He worked with me on the attorney costs. And has become my go to guy if I have any legal questions. He makes himself available. I never once did not get a answer or at least a call back that day. To this day I opened my own barbershop, just bought a new car, and a new home. If I woikd have had ANYONE else. I would have been a number and been on paper with ridiculous demands knowing I wasbeinv set up to fail. I owe so much to Chris. I live in Houston. I'll miss him. But I still know he is a phone call away. For advise. Or just bs. Trent”

    Trent

  • Highly recommend Chris Hesse for your next criminal attorney!

    “I received a ticket for a traffic mishap you see i have a CDL and the city of Amarillo, TX. which does not dismiss them. he worked endlessly and countless hours to help me get the ticket off my record which he did. With little help from me I highly recommend Chris Hesse for your next criminal attorney!!”

    John Brooks

  • He will go above and beyond to get the results that you are seeking.

    “Chris is an outstanding lawyer. He fought hard for my husband to get his charge for a DWI dropped and of course, he was successful in doing so. He cares about his clients and will go above and beyond to get the results that you are seeking.”

    Edaena

  • He had extensive knowledge of the law

    “While traveling from Colorado to Texas for Thanksgiving I was pulled over and searched. The officer found an ointment I use for leg pain that contained CBD. I never even thought that it would be considered illegal when I packed my bag or consented to a search. Being that I am self employed and occasionally do work for both the government and large Fortune 500 companies, I was terrified at the prospect of having any blemish on my record since I have never been in trouble with the law. Chris went to extraordinary lengths to represent me and I’m glad to say that the ticket was fully dismissed yesterday after he presented an amazing case to the judge. Thankfully, he had extensive knowledge of the law and made sure that I wasn’t the victim of what amounted to a “cash grab” ticket that would have stayed with me for years. Chris took a personal interest in my case from the moment I first called him. He really is one of the good guys. I can’t recommend him enough.”

    Austin

  • Mr. Hesse never faltered

    “We lost our case but that's alright. The DAs office had 10 lawyers and the judge on their side, Mr. Hesse never faltered. He went toe to toe against all that. Most impressive part about Mr. Hesse was, he cared, win or loose. We have a bit more to go and if Mr Hesse will have us, we will use him again.”

    Andrew