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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.

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Understanding the Eligibility Requirements in Texas

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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

  • Not only did he fight for me, he showed he cared.

    “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 defense. 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. 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 assault 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! 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 was being 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

  • 1st Degree Felony Case, Dismissed

    “My then 21-year old son was facing a possible 5 to 99-year sentence in state prison. Mr. Hesse was his court-appointed attorney in Fort Bend County, but you would not have known it, given the passion he provided to this case. This case lasted 3 1/2 years, thru 1 mistrial in 2015 before Mr. Hesse succeeded in having the case dismissed, a week ago today. I believe he was truly driven to accomplish the best possible outcome for my son. Given the obstacles he encountered with this case, many other attorney's might have given up and passed this case to someone else, but he did not. Chris Hesse is the type of attorney you want on your side when you're fighting to prove your innocence. My son and family will never forget what he did for us. As an attorney he is knowledgeable, caring, respectful and committed.”

    Carter

  • I would recommend him to others

    “Attorney Hesse was hired and immediately started working for us. He was thorough and precise in his research. He answered all our questions and kept us informed as to next steps and the expected outcomes. It was a great relief to find someone in our area who would be a real advocate for his client. Attorney Hesse was professional and consistent throughout the entire process and we never felt like we were being pushed aside for a more lucrative client. I would recommend him to others and would hire him again should the need arise.”

    Kathy

  • He handled my case with the utmost professionalism and care

    “I first called Chris because he was a veteran, which as a vet myself I wanted somebody who understood me and my situation. I hired Chris because he was exactly what I wanted, and needed in a lawyer. Chris handled my case with the utmost professionalism and care.”

    Eric

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    “My name is Eddie and I am a former client of Mr. Hesse . I would like to say I think he did a great job on representing me. Mr. Hesse was very clear, informative and sensitive to my situation at a very low point in my life. He called sometimes just to check on me and ask how was I doing. That really meant a lot to me. Not to mention he was very active, proficient and professional with my case. Thanks again David C. Hesse you are highly recommend.”

    Eddie