Life doesn’t always follow a linear path. Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances lead people down roads they’d never intended to take. Mistakes happen. But those mistakes shouldn’t determine one’s entire future. This is where expungement can be a great option. It’s a legal process that allows you to seal your criminal record.
In simple terms, expungement is the legal process of erasing certain criminal records from public access. When a criminal record is expunged, it’s as if the offense never happened. It offers you an opportunity to live without the burden of past mistakes following you around and getting in the way of progress.
Expungement & Texas Law
Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 55.01 provides a mechanism for expunging arrest records, court appearances, and certain criminal charges – under specific conditions.
Are You Eligible?
Not every criminal record is eligible for expungement. Here are a few instances when you might qualify:
- Arrests for crimes that were never charged.
- Criminal charges that were dismissed.
- Certain qualifying misdemeanor juvenile offenses.
- Conviction of a minor for certain alcohol offenses.
- Arrest, charge, or conviction on a person’s record due to identity theft by another individual who was actually arrested, charged, or convicted of the crime.
- Being found “not guilty” by a jury.
Remember, eligibility doesn’t automatically grant an expungement. The court examines each case individually.
False Arrests & The Road to Expungement
A troubling reality we’ve encountered at Tad Nelson & Associates is the frequency of false arrests. Imagine being wrongfully arrested for a crime you didn’t commit. That blemish on your record could impact your employment, housing, and your options to have fruitful personal relationships.
With our vast experience, Attorneys Tad Nelson & Amber Spurlock have been instrumental in helping Galveston County residents get these wrongful arrests expunged. Our commitment is to ensure the justice system remains just.
Even with the law on your side, the road to expungement isn’t always straightforward.
- Time Constraints: Depending on the nature of the offense, you might need to wait for a specific duration after the arrest or completion of a probationary period.
- Nature of Offense: Serious crimes, especially those of a violent nature, are tougher to expunge.
- Documentation: Meticulous record-keeping is vital. Everything from your original arrest record to court documents might be required.
It’s complex, but with a seasoned hand to guide you, it’s navigable.
Why Choose Tad Nelson & Associates
With all the requirements, criteria, and paperwork, having an experienced attorney by your side can make all the difference in your efforts to have your criminal records sealed. At Tad Nelson & Associates, that’s what we’re about—experience and dedication.
With Mr. Nelson’s prestigious recognition as Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, our firm’s capability to steer your expungement process to its desired outcome is second to none in Galveston County.
Navigating your way through the process of expungement can be challenging, but remember, it’s a path toward reclaiming your narrative. Every story has its ups and downs, but with the right help, your next chapter could begin with a cleaner slate. At Tad Nelson & Associates, we’re here to help you write that chapter.
If you have questions or are ready to speak with a criminal defense lawyer, contact us. We can be reached at 409-765-5614.