CLEANING UP YOUR CRIMINAL HISTORY
Having an arrest or conviction on your criminal history can seriously impact your future. Certain types of offenses can prevent you from getting a job or being able to lease an apartment. In today=s information age when everything is put online, it is vital to clean up your criminal history when possible as quickly as possible to prevent further dissemination of the information. I can file an expunction or nondisclosure to prevent your past from affecting your future.
An expunction order requires the State to destroy all records made in connection to your arrest and completely removes all traces of the arrest from your criminal history and driving history if applicable.
There are two general ways to qualify for an expunction. First, you were found not guilty after a trial. Second, your case was dismissed without a plea being entered. If you received a not guilty verdict, you may file an expunction immediately. If your case was dismissed without a plea being entered, you may file an expunction once the statute of limitations has passed unless there is an exception for your case. Most felonies have a statute of limitations of three years. Misdemeanors have a statute of limitations of two years. The time period begins to run on the date of the dismissal.
If you have been placed on deferred adjudication probation and received a dismissal at the end of your probationary period, you may qualify for a nondisclosure.
A nondisclosure prevents the State from providing information regarding your case and arrest to the general public. State agencies and law enforcement still have access to the information, but the general public does not.
Contact my office, and we can discuss which option you can use to clean up your criminal history.