Texas Law allows individuals to expunge certain offenses from their records. An expungement means that all records related to a particular arrest are deleted or destroyed.
- Click Here to Find Out What Cases are Eligible to be Expunged.
- Click Here to Find Out What are the Benefits in Getting your Record Expunged.
Our Expunction Services and Associated Fees
We disclose our cost and fees up front to all our prospective clients.
Our firm offer two expunction services for our clients to choose from.
Expungement Basic Service – $1,250 (legal fee) + $250 (Filing Fees) = $1,500.00 Total
Package includes the following:
- Payment Plans of $250 or $500 a month;
- Money Back Guarantee;
- Access to Your Case File Online (24/7);
- Record Research;
- We pay all record research fees;
- Prepare Motion;
- File Motion with Court;
- Pay All Filing Fees;
- Prepare Responses to any Objections;
- Attend Court Hearing; and
- Obtain a Certified Copy of an Order on Motion.
Expungement Enhanced Service – $1,750 (Legal Fees) + $250 (Filing Fees) = $2,000 Total Fee
This package includes the following:
- All Services in the Basic Package plus:
- Prepare a Letter for Prospective Employers – Explaining that we represent you and that you are eligible to have your record sealed so any negative items on your background should be disregarded;
- We provide notice of your court order to the leading online criminal history databases to ensure timely up to date accurate reporting;
- We provide notice of your court order to over 50+ Online Mugshot sites to remove any information concerning your case; and
- We will dispute and remove any publication that discloses the expunged offense in violation of the court’s order.
Texas Eligibility Requirements to Expunge Criminal Records
Records eligible for expunction include:
- An arrest for a crime that was never charged;
- A charge where you successfully completed a court ordered pre-trial diversion program.
- A criminal charge that was ultimately dismissed;
- Certain qualifying misdemeanor juvenile offenses;
- Conviction of a minor for certain alcohol offenses;
- Conviction for Failure to Attend School;
- Arrest, charge or conviction on a person’s record due to identity theft by another individual that was actually arrested, charged or convicted of the crime;
- Conviction for a crime that was later acquitted by the trial court or the Criminal Court of Appeals;
- Conviction for a crime that was later pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the US President.
Not all individuals with records eligible for expunction above qualify to receive an expunction. The Court will not grant an expunction to adults who have received deferred adjudication or probation or who have been convicted of a felony within five years of the arrest the person is seeking to have expunged. The Court will also not consider expunction if the offense is part of a “criminal episode” and the applicant for the expunction either has charges pending for a different crime that occurred during that same episode or the person was convicted of a crime that occurred during that same alleged episode. Finally, a person cannot file a petition seeking expunction of a felony charge that has been dismissed if the statute of limitations for the crime subject to the dismissal has not yet expired. The statute of limitations is the amount of time that the state or 2 county has to prosecute an action against a person after that person has been arrested for an offense. The statute of limitations is different depending on the crime, but most are at least three years.
Benefits of an Expungement
- All Records Related to the Criminal Offense Are Erased;
- You can legally deny the existence of the Offense, even under oath;
- You may get certain rights restored;
- You do not have to include the offense on a job application;
- You do not have to include the offense on an application for an apartment;
- You no longer will have this offense on your criminal record;
- Get a better job;
- Qualify for loans;
- Pass a background check;
- Find a better place to live.
Expunctions were created to allow a fresh start for people who were wrongly arrested or charged with a criminal offense. An expungement is a powerful court order to law enforcement agencies and criminal record depositories to destroy all records of an arrest and prosecution. Typically, the court orders the destruction of all jail records, police reports, prosecution reports, and court files. When they cannot be destroyed, the court will order that all of your identifying information be redacted from the records. After your record is expunged, you can deny its existence. Furthermore, it is illegal for anyone to publish information related to an expunged offense. Expunging criminal records in Texas is controlled by the Code of Criminal Procedure, Title 1, Chapter 55, Expunction of Criminal Records. Ask yourself these questions to see if you can get an expungement in Texas (or expunction in legalese) – and wipe your criminal records clean.
If you are eligible for a Texas expungement of criminal records, call an attorney who practices in the county where your case was handled. Lawyers who don’t practice in that county won’t know the local practices on some of the finer, but still important, points.