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Texas Criminal Record Expungement, Expunction, Expunged


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Charged with a crime, even though your case was dismissed or you were found not guilty?

Criminal history is used by governmental agencies, schools, employers, apartments and credit agencies to judge a person. This can result in the denial of admission to schools, employment, housing and credit.

An arrest record can haunt you for years to come, even if you were wrongfully arrested. Everyday, citizens are arrested by mistake only later to have the charges dropped or are found not guilty. Some go through anger management, drug counseling or other counseling and then have the charges dismissed, yet still do not have a clean record. Information about your arrest is part of the public record, available to anyone who does a background check. With an arrest on your record, you may find it harder to get a job, to rent an apartment, get a loan or mortgage, or get your application to college accepted.

But now under current Texas laws, many of these offenses can be removed legally from your record through the expunction process

If your case was dismissed, acquitted or not prosecuted, you may be eligible to have your record expunged. Once expunged, the release, dissemination or use of expunged records by any agency is prohibited. The Texas expunction procedure (Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 55) allows you to expunge an arrest that did not lead to a conviction, community supervision or a Class C Misdemeanor that resulted in deferred adjudication probation (community supervision). In Texas, if a person does qualify to expunge their criminal record, they can remove or erase their arrest, booking and court proceedings from the local, state, and federal records. When you are granted an expunction of an arrest in Texas, all records of the arrest itself, jail detention and fingerprints and DNA sample(s) if taken are destroyed! Your record would be as clean as if the event never took place. The release, dissemination or use of expunged records by any agency is prohibited "for any purpose." Section 55.03 specifies that unless being questioned under oath in court, you may deny the occurrence of the arrest and expunction order for all purposes— including when applying for government and law enforcement jobs. Also with the issues of identity theft, you may even have something on your background that was not you! A new beginning is just ahead.

Act NOW and Restore Your Good Name

If you'd like to clear your record, contact The Gilbert G. Garcia Law Firm, a Texas criminal defense attorney well versed in expunctions. We can file a petition for expunction if your case was dismissed, declined, or if you were found not guilty of any offense.

What is an Expunge Motion?
An expungement, or sealing, of a criminal record is a legal process that can clear criminal arrests including DWI/DUI from a person's record. An expungement takes place when a legal action is filed with the court in which the conviction occurred and judge orders the criminal record cleared.

Benefits of Having Your Texas Record Expunged

bullet Tell employers that you have not been convicted of a crime
bullet Become eligible for school acceptance and/or student loans
bullet Become eligible for housing leases or mortgages
bullet Become eligible for more types of professional licenses and certificates
bullet Tell friends and family that you have not been convicted of a crime
bullet Clean background check

Who is eligible?
Expunction is very powerful, but can be tricky to qualify for. The list of situations that exist that do qualify include arrested but never went to court, charges were dropped, charges were dismissed, you were found not guilty, you were no-billed by a grand jury, you won on appeal, or you were pardoned by the governor.

If you were arrested in Texas, you are likely eligible to have your record expunged if you meet the following criteria:

Class C Misdemeanors

bullet Successfully completed deferred adjudication AND
bullet Not convicted of felony in the five years preceding the date of arrest

Felony or Class A and B Misdemeanors

bullet Acquitted in trial OR
bullet Convicted and subsequently pardoned OR
bullet The charges were dismissed and the statue of limitations has expired (unless the dismissal was due to the fact that there was mistake, false information or no probable cause), AND
bullet Not convicted of a felony in the five years preceding the date of arrest

What is the process?
Contact The Gilbert G. Garcia Law Firm today!

Once you hire us, we can file the proper documents with the court and a request a hearing to be held to determine if an expungement can be granted in your case. We will prepare all of the documents for you and deliver them ready to be signed, notarized and filed with the courts.

We will attend the hearing and guide you thru the process

How long does it take for my record to get expunged?
It will take roughly three to four months for this process.

Benefits of Choosing The Gilbert G. Garcia Law Firm

bullet You will be represented by a lawyer with over 32 years of experience
bullet Committed to effective criminal defense and post-conviction work
bullet Personalized payments plans available and all major credit cards accepted
bullet If you lose your job while your case is pending, you owe nothing more!
bullet Fastest possible results
bullet We serve ALL of Texas
bullet One call starts the process — 936-756-3333
bullet We will write letters to potential employers explaining your case – At no additional charge!

The Gilbert G. Garcia Law Firm is the Right Choice!

bullet 32 years of Legal Experience
bullet Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law for 20 years
bullet Protect your Rights and make sure you are treated Fairly
bullet Serving the citizens of Texas from the same location since 1983

Free initial consultations and reasonable fees. Personal payment plans available and most major credit cards accepted. Many issues are able to be handled via e-mail, phone calls and fax and after hours and weekend appointments are available upon request to meet the needs of each client. To determine if you qualify to have your Criminal Record cleaned, contact Gilbert Garcia today at 936-756-3333.


The Gilbert G. Garcia Law Firm
220 North Thompson, Suite 202 | Conroe, TX 77301
936.756.3333 | Fax 936.539.4357

 

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