A criminal record can only be ordered expunged in a few situations, including:
- you were found not guilty at trial,
- a grand jury no bills (dismisses) your felony case,
- the prosecutor drops charges before going to trial,
- a judge dismissed your case before going to trial,
- your conviction was overturned on appeal and
- your case was dismissed after successfully completing a Pretrial Diversion program.
Expungement is much better than non-disclosure (record sealing). When a judge orders a criminal record to be non-disclosed (i.e. sealed), that means that your criminal record will not be accessible by the general public, however the criminal charges still remain on your record. Expungement wipes those criminal records clean. That means that if the police pull you over for a traffic violation, then they will not know about your prior criminal record and therefore will not treat you differently.
If you are being negatively affected by criminal records, your best option may be expungement. You can call the law offices of Jim Sullivan and Associates for a free consultation to discuss your criminal case and explain the legal process. Houston criminal defense attorneys Jim Sullivan and Associates have over 40 combined years of experience practicing Texas criminal law as defense lawyers. They will evaluate your case, and if you qualify for an expungement, they will fight hard to clear your good name.
A Pretrial Diversion program can also help keep your record clean. Jim Sullivan fights hard to make sure that participation in a pretrial diversion program is an option for almost all of his clients who are charged as first-time misdemeanor offenders. When you successfully complete a diversion program, then your charges are dismissed and you can then file to have the charge expunged from your record.
Houston expunction / expungement lawyer Jim Sullivan represents clients in criminal and juvenile courts throughout the state of Texas. If you want experienced criminal and juvenile lawyers to protect your legal rights and safeguard your future, you can call attorneys Jim Sullivan and Associates right now at 281-546-6428.
Jim Sullivan is also Board Certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Juvenile Law is different than criminal law. Note: Among the more than 83,000 active lawyers in Texas, there are only 38 lawyers Board Certified in Juvenile Law in private practice. The other 27 such lawyers work for the government.