Amarillo Expungement & Sealing Attorney
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
Chris Heese will go beyound and above to make sure you are taken care of. Chris Heese will fight for you and do what is right. I was pleased with the outcome of Chris Heese being my attorney.- Rob
I have used Chris on two separate occasions he has always answered my calls, messages, and email. I would recommend him for anyone needing a lawyer.- Robert
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
Mr. Hesse assisted me as local counsel on a very difficult federal case. I could not have received any better counsel. On time, on task, and on the spot with guidance and advice. Highly Recommended!- Scott
I sat 2nd chair with Mr. Hesse on a Possession of Marijuana case in April of 2014. Chris was an absolute professional in the courtroom. He was able to narrow down on the proper issues during jury selection and succeeded with the suppression of the Marijuana in the case. Judges are reluctant to grant suppressions, but Chris was able to get it done! At that point, the government had no other option than to dismiss the case. Had it not been for Chris' ability to spot a fatal flaw in the government's case, his client may have been wrongfully convicted. I have no doubt Chris will work hard on your case to expose the government just as he did in our case.- Armen Merjanian
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
After being pulled over unfairly and being charge with possession. Chris Hesse helped me and got my charge dismissed. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing an attorney. He is both experienced and willing to fight to get the best outcome for you.- Daegen
Not only did he fight for me, but he showed he cared when everyone else seemed to just want to throw the book at me. He got my assault charge and disorderly conduct charges dismissed!!- Trent