At Carroll Troberman, PLLC, we understand that having a criminal record can negatively impact your life in many ways, from employment opportunities to housing options. Our experienced Austin-based attorneys have spent more than 30 years helping clients navigate the complexities of criminal and family law cases, and are here to guide you through the process of clearing or sealing your criminal record in Texas.
In this blog, we will explore the differences between expunction and nondisclosure, two options for dealing with your criminal record in Texas. Understanding these differences is crucial when determining which option is best suited for your unique circumstances.
Expunction: Clearing Your Criminal Record
Expunction, sometimes referred to as "expungement," is a legal process that removes arrests, charges, and convictions from your criminal record entirely. This means that, once your record has been expunged, it is as if the offense never occurred. Expunction is a powerful tool that can help you move forward from past mistakes and create a fresh start.
In Texas, you may be eligible for expunction if:
- You were arrested but not charged
- Your charges were dismissed
- You were acquitted at trial
- You completed a pretrial diversion program
- You received a pardon or an order of actual innocence
It is important to note that not all offenses are eligible for expunction, and specific criteria must be met. Our skilled attorneys at Carroll Troberman, PLLC can help you determine if your case qualifies for expunction and guide you through the process.
Nondisclosure: Sealing Your Criminal Record
Nondisclosure, on the other hand, does not erase your criminal record entirely but rather seals it from public view. With an order of nondisclosure, your criminal record will still be accessible by certain government agencies and law enforcement, but it will not be available to the general public, including potential employers and landlords.
You may be eligible for an order of nondisclosure in Texas if:
- You successfully completed deferred adjudication probation
- You were convicted of certain misdemeanors and have met the waiting period
- You were convicted of specific nonviolent felony offenses and have met the waiting period
Similar to expunction, there are restrictions on which offenses are eligible for nondisclosure, and eligibility requirements vary depending on your case. Our knowledgeable attorneys at Carroll Troberman, PLLC can assess your situation and help you pursue an order of nondisclosure if it's the right option for you.
The Carroll Troberman, PLLC Advantage
With more than 30 years of experience and thousands of criminal and family law cases under our belt, the attorneys at Carroll Troberman, PLLC are well-equipped to help you navigate the intricacies of expunction and nondisclosure in Texas. We are passionate about fighting for the best interests of our clients and will listen to your needs to devise a legal strategy tailored to your unique circumstances. Throughout the process, you can expect support and legal guidance to help you make educated decisions about your future.
Whether you're seeking to clear or seal your criminal record, let the trusted and experienced team at Carroll Troberman, PLLC help you take control of your future. Contact us today for a consultation and begin the journey toward a brighter tomorrow.