Expungements & Sealing
Clear Your Record with Attorney D. Chris Hesse
Criminal records can be debilitating, preventing you from gaining employment or ever maintaining the reputation you once had. Fortunately, you may have the chance to clear your record by way of either expungement or an order of nondisclosure. Because not everyone is eligible, it is important to pursue this process with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
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.
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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.