Can Your Record Be Sealed
YES - Texas Criminal Records Can Be Sealed
Texas may have remedies to help you clean your criminal background. Cleaning your Texas criminal record broadens your career opportunities and greatly improves your access to credit, housing, and educational opportunities. Texas has several forms of criminal record cleaning, including expungment or expunction, setting aside a conviction. Early Termination of Community Supervision/Probation, Orders of Non-Disclosure, Writ of Habeas Corpus and a Pardon from the Governor.
The most common methods to achieve a Clean Criminal Record in Texas are through a Motion for Expunction or an Order of Non-Disclosure.
An Order of Non-Disclosure seals a criminal record from public view. Once sealed with this ORDER, only some government agencies can access the contents of the record. All others will not even know it exists and the subject of the record is allowed to say that s/he was not arrested or convicted. When you have your record sealed through NON-DISCLOSURE, you can apply for jobs with confidence. Having your arrest, felony or misdemeanor records sealed prevents those records from appearing on a civilian background check. A person may be eligible to have their record sealed in Texas if they successfully completed deferred adjudication/community supervision (probation) and meet other court requirements.
Expungement of Arrests that did not Lead to Conviction or Deferred Adjudication
If your case was dismissed, you are eligible to have your record expunged. After expungement, the release, dissemination, or use of your expunged records by any agency is prohibited. You may deny the occurrence of the arrest after the expungement except while being questioned under oath. After your record is expunged, you can apply for professional licenses issued by the state such as, teaching license, medical licenses, nursing licenses, electrical/plumbing/contractor's license, real estate licenses and many others. If you were found guilty, plead guilty or plead no contest to an offense, other than a class "C" misdemeanor, then that record is not eligible for an expungement.
Depending on your unique criminal record, you may be eligible for one of these forms of record cleaning services. Each process will affect your criminal record in different ways. Because of the complexities surrounding Criminal Record Cleaning, we recommend that you seek the advice of an attorney that has extensive experience with Texas record cleaning and related remedies provided by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.