Expungement & Criminal Record Sealing
Talk to Our Houston Expungement Attorneys
An arrest, even without a conviction, can leave a permanent mark on your
wellbeing and reputation. When you are seeking employment, new housing,
and loans, your application could be turned down solely due to a prior
arrest. In Texas, people are given the opportunity to clean up their past
and stabilize their futures through expungements or the sealing of their
Although these two processes are quite similar in purpose, they are intricately
different in execution. If you think that expungement or record sealing
could benefit you, talk to
Stornello Law Firm, P.C. Our Houston
criminal defense lawyers can review your case and criminal record during a
free consultation to determine your eligibility.
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How Does the Expungement Process Work?
The simplest way to think of expungement is to think of it as erasing a
particular arrest from your record entirely. If an expungement, sometimes
called an expunction, is successful, it will be as if it never existed
in the first place. You can deny the arrest on applications and under
oath, and the physical file itself that contained the arrest’s information
should actually be destroyed.
Expungement only applies to arrests that never led to a permanent conviction,
which means you had:
- Never been charged for a crime.
- Completed pre-trial diversions.
- Been released through a case dismissal.
- Received a no-bill verdict from a grand jury.
- Received a “not guilty” verdict or acquittal.
- Been pardoned after being convicted.
There are certain arrests that will not be eligible for expungement based
on the crime that was in question. If you were arrested for a
felony, such as grand theft or vehicular homicide, or a
sex crime, such as child molestation or sexual battery, you may not be able to seek
expunction, regardless of the ultimate outcome of that case.
How Does Criminal Record Sealing Work?
Criminal record sealing is an alternative to expungement that does not
erase arrests from your record entirely but rather seals your record to
most people and parties. You may think of it as literally closing a file
that only authorized personnel, such as law enforcement officers and certain
private entities, can view; for everyone else, they will not be aware
the record exists. In rare cases, your criminal record can be opened to
anyone who obtains an official court order.
Sealing criminal records is available to anyone who was placed on deferred
adjudication probation and successfully completed the probation. There
is a waiting period depending on the type of offense.
Take the First Step with Our Professional
The sooner you can have your criminal record expunged or sealed, the better.
You should not have to live in fear of judgment for something that should
be left in your past, or for an apparent criminal violation you never
committed. Come to our law office and talk to our Houston expungement
attorney today and we can figure out which process works best for your
case. At Stornello Law Firm, P.C., we pride ourselves in treating each
client as an individual in need, not just another case number. Wherever
you are in Fort Bend County, call us.
Contact us today to learn how we can help.