Expunction Attorney in Plano
Helping Clear Your Record with an Expunction
If you have been convicted of a crime and want to receive an expunction
(or get your public criminal record cleared), it is advised that you contact a
Plano criminal lawyer who can properly guide you through the process. When you are successful
in completing the expunction process, you are able to get a previous arrest
or criminal conviction removed from your record that had previously been
accessible by the public. When individuals have criminal records, they
can end up losing important opportunities for employment or housing for
which they might have otherwise been eligible. Employers and landlords
generally do not care what the story is behind an arrest or conviction—they
would just rather avoid any risk altogether by simply denying an applicant
who has a "spotty" record.
When an expunction is granted, the court orders the Texas Department of
Criminal Justice and the Texas Department of Public Safety to delete or
redact from their own public records all files related to the specific
arrest or conviction that is being expunged. This means that records of
the arrest or conviction will not show up on a background check, and they
will not be available to the public. The individual with the expunction
will then be able to deny any occurrence of the arrest or conviction,
except for in certain situations specified by law (such as when he or
she is being questioned under oath). Expunctions provide greater levels
of record protection than nondisclosure orders.
The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC is highly knowledgeable about the expunction
process and the various requirements for obtaining these types of orders.
You do not want to ruin your chances of getting a fresh start because
you did not correctly follow the steps for applying for expunction. Our
firm provides a general overview of Texas' guidelines for expunctions.
You can receive further guidance by calling now!
Understanding Your Right to Expunction
There are many scenarios in which a Texas resident can be eligible for
expunction. According to Texas
Code of Criminal Procedure §55.01,
an individual can get all records related to an arrest expunged if that
person was tried for the offense and one of the following occurred:
- The defendant was acquitted;
- The defendant was convicted of the offense but later pardoned or granted relief;
- The defendant was convicted of the offense but later pardoned for another
The defendant was released and the charge did not result in a final conviction
and is no longer pending. This only applies if there is no court-ordered
Changes in recent years have added new provisions for individuals trying
to obtain expunctions before the passage of the statutes of limitations
for certain crimes. A knowledgeable attorney can explain these changes
and how they affect your case. There are also other circumstances in which
arrests can and cannot be expunged. An attorney can review these circumstances
with you as well.
Steps for Expunction
When filing for expunction, a petitioner must file within a district court
for the county where he or she was arrested or where the offense allegedly
occurred, according to Texas Code of Criminal Procedure §55.02. The
individual must include certain personal information and details about
the alleged offense. Once this information is received by the court, a
hearing must be set to occur within 30 days of the petition filing date
and the appropriate officials or agencies must be notified. Once a court
determines that the petitioner is eligible for expunction, it must issue
such an order.
Importance of Strong Legal Guidance
Texas' laws regarding expunction can be very complex. It is important
to have a full understanding of the laws regarding your expunction petition
so that you can increase your chances of completing the process with success.
At The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, we not only have the knowledge you need,
but we are also able to provide you with step-by-step guidance. We can
help you determine whether you qualify, what time restrictions you might
be subject to, what rules you must follow after expunction and more.
Contact our Plano defense lawyer today for top-quality assistance!