Expungement Attorney in Houston, TX
We can help you clear your previous criminal record
Expungement is defined as the legal process through which individuals can seek the erasure of an event or conviction from their criminal record. Those who have been arrested and convicted of a crime understand the devastating effects that a conviction can have on their relationships, future career, housing options, and other aspects of their life.
Any time you apply for a job, mortgage, loan, or financial aid, your criminal record will show up on any background checks or extensive research that is done. Sometimes, you do not have to be convicted to have a criminal record. Some arrests will show up on your record, even if you are not convicted, which could have lingering penalties.
Additionally, most colleges and graduate programs require you to divulge information about your criminal record. It is for these reasons and more that many people try to seek an expungement of their criminal record. This is a difficult and time-sensitive process that is only available to certain defendants. Attorney Billy Skinner is ready to discuss your case and the possibility of an expungement today. At the Law Offices of Billy Skinner, we know the powerful effect an expungement will have on your criminal record and we strive to help every client reach an optimum result.
About the Expungement Process in Texas
Why is an expunction so valuable? Because it guarantees that your criminal record will be hidden from all background checks that your lender, credit card company, future employer, or university may otherwise use to deny you services or benefits because of your past. Far too often, we have seen individuals suffer lifelong consequences and penalties because of a wrongful conviction or a mistake they made many decades ago. The entire process of expungement only takes about three months to complete, and we can help you determine if you qualify.
If you satisfy one of the following criteria, you may be eligible for an expunction in Texas:
- Arrested but never formally charged with a misdemeanor or felony indictment; the charge is no longer pending; and were not convicted of a felony offense during the five years preceding your expungement date.
- Found Not Guilty after your trial.
- Court dismissed your charge and/or the information or indictment; the statute of limitations for your offense has finished; and have not been convicted of a felony during the five years preceding the arrest.
- Convicted at the trial level, but then acquitted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
- Completed a deferred adjudication for a Class C Misdemeanor
If you are eligible according to one of the criteria listed above, do not hesitate to call our firm and schedule your consultation today! As a highly skilled Houston criminal defense lawyer, he understands the importance of having a clean criminal record and will fight aggressively to help you get the clean slate you need. To start, our criminal defense team will prepared the Petition for Expunction and will build a solid case to argue to the Judge.
If your expungement is successful, some government entities and law enforcement agencies will still have access to your criminal record but they will be prohibited from releasing it. The best part of an expungement is that you will be able to legally deny the existence of your arrest or previous conviction, including the expungement process itself.
Our firm provides 24/7 help and dedicated legal representation for every client, so call today!