At various points in your life, you will be subjected to a criminal background check. If you have applied for a new job or a new place to live, your employer/landlord will run a check. You have to be able to pass a background check to enter the military or be eligible for financial aid. Some colleges and universities also do criminal background checks.
Having a criminal record can be severely limiting but there are some circumstances that allow for you to have a crime removed from your record. Texas allows for expunction, which is a formal term for removing something from your criminal record, under certain specific circumstances.
Qualifications for Expunction
You qualify for expunction if:
- You received a “Not Guilty” verdict at trial.
- You were never formally charged with the crime for which you were arrested and that charge is no longer in the pending stage. To be eligible under this reason, you cannot have been convicted of a felony within the last five years before the arrest was made.
- You received a pardon from the Governor for your crime.
- You have been acquitted by the Texas Court of Appeals after a trial conviction.
- You were convicted of a class C misdemeanor and received deferred adjudication, which is a type of probation.
- You have charges on your record that are false. For example, someone else claimed to be you when they were arrested for a crime.
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The Expungement Process
The process of expunction can seem very complicated and confusing. With the help of an experienced criminal lawyer, you can successfully complete the expunction process and remove a charge from your criminal record. Expunction is a time sensitive process, so it is best to pursue this option as soon as it is available to you.
Contact Mario Madrid
Madrid Law is a knowledgeable and practiced criminal defense law firm. With his help, you can verify that you qualify for expunction and get the process started. Mr. Madrid can draw up the necessary forms needed to get you through this process. Mario Madrid is dedicated to his clients and he wants to help you clear your record and your name. Contact Houston criminal defense attorney Mario Madrid today at 713-877-9400 for your free case evaluation.