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It’s an unfortunate fact that a criminal record can have severe repercussions on your future. Criminal records are easily accessible through online background checks by employers, landlords, educational institutions, professional licensing agencies, and anyone else who needs to inquire about you. This means that you will have to explain your record and possibly be passed over in favor of another candidate or become ineligible for whatever opportunity you seek. This collateral damage can prevent you from pursuing your career of choice, gaining the job you want, or even renting an apartment.
Fortunately, Texas has established two different procedures that address this problem. However, they differ in what they can do and you must meet eligibility requirements to achieve them. These are expunctions (often referred to as expungements) and nondisclosure. At Aaronson Law Firm, our El Paso expunction and nondisclosure attorney can review your case to determine if you qualify for either procedure and, if you do, help you navigate the process. Mr. Aaronson has 40+ years of experience to draw upon in this matter.
Reach out to Aaronson Law Firm via our website or at (915) 265-0848 to arrange for your free case evaluation with our El Paso expunction and nondisclosure attorney today. Hablamos español.
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Expunction vs. Nondisclosure in Texas
Expunction and nondisclosure of criminal records are two separate processes. Nondisclosure is known as record-sealing. Sealing your record makes it impossible to be accessed by most public and private parties but not all. Licensing agencies, such as the Texas Medical Board (licensing medical professionals) or the Texas Education Agency (licensing teachers) will still be able to view your record.
Expunction “erases” your record so that no one can access it, including licensing agencies, employers, and other public or private parties. This means that you will never have to answer questions about your arrest or charges when being considered for a job, an apartment, or anything else; it’s as if they never happened.
Eligibility for these two processes also differs. The only individuals who are eligible to seek nondisclosure are those who were granted deferred adjudication. Deferred adjudication occurs when a judge does not enter a finding of guilt after you have pleaded guilty or “no contest” but instead puts you on probation. This probation allows you to keep the conviction off of your criminal record. However, your arrest for the offense and the deferred adjudication will remain on your record. You will have had to complete the terms of the probation imposed by the judge to achieve this. Some crimes are never available for nondisclosures, such as certain sex crimes, kidnapping, murder, human trafficking, and domestic violence crimes.
Expunction is not available for anyone who was convicted of a crime. Those individuals who are eligible to seek an expunction only include the following:
- You received deferred adjudication for a Class C misdemeanor OR
- Your charges were dismissed
- Formal charges were never filed against you
- You were acquitted
- You were pardoned
Our El Paso attorney at Aaronson Law Firm can determine your eligibility and guide you through the appropriate process of expunction or nondisclosure. Our goal is to help you achieve your desired result so that you can move forward in life without the negative barrier of a criminal record.
Contact Aaronson Law Firm using our convenient online form or call (915) 265-0848 to arrange for your free consultation today.
Mr. Aaronson has protected my driving record and insurance ratesJerry R.
It’s really simple. The whole process takes about 10 minutes.Susanne F.
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