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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

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    “I've had the pleasure of working with Mr. Hesse as we had a mutual client even though we work in two different states. It was his hard work and cooperation that enabled me to help my client get the amazing result he did. Easy to work with, and incredibly knowledgeable in the law. All clients should be so lucky to have such a skilled attorney.”

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  • Felony Dismissed

    “Chris Hesse went above and beyond for my case in Texas. He took a Felony 1 charge and reduced it to a Class A misdemeanor. He kept me well informed along the way and set things up so that I didn’t even have to return to the state for court. Everything was resolved within a year and couldn’t have done it without Chris. I highly recommend him for his forward thinking and relentless work ethic! Thanks again for all your help Chris!”

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    “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

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