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The Benefits of Expunction

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019

A criminal charge can bring with it more punishments than just jail time. Individuals who have a criminal record may find it difficult to find a job, locate housing — especially after returning from jail — and access many other important services. This isn’t to mention a direct hit to one’s reputation that can occur following a criminal charge.

Many people are unaware of the fact that they can criminal charges removed from their record after a certain period of time, through a process called expunction. Through this process, the charges are removed, and an individual’s life becomes easier. Barriers to finding employment, housing, and receiving a loan are removed.

If you or a loved one has a criminal record, you may be entitled to an expunction. Keep reading to learn more about the process and the qualifications. It may just end up changing your life!

Something to Keep in Mind…

The qualifications for expunction vary for a state to state and depending on the crimes that you have been charged with. Make sure that you are familiar with the expunction rules in your state before beginning to process.

This blog post will focus on the expunction process in Texas. If you’re outside of Texas, the rules may be a little different, but there should be some general themes that follow from state to state.

Qualifications for Expunction

Not every person is eligible for expunction in the state of Texas, nor is every crime in the state of Texas eligible to be removed from your record. These, however, are some of the most common situations in which expunction may be possible:

  • Arrests with a conviction
  • Acquittals
  • Juvenile Offenses

Additionally, convictions in which you have been pardoned.

Other Options

If you do not qualify for expunction, you may still have options. In Texas, for example, you can file a petition of nondisclosure if you have completed the deferred adjudication process. Deferred adjudication is a specific type of plea deal in which the defendant either pleads “guilty” or “no contest” to their charges, dependent on them meeting other requirements. These requirements may include community service or community supervision instead of jail time.

After the record has been sealed, only certain individuals and government agencies will be able to view it. However, this only applies to certain crimes, so it is not a guarantee.

What to Do

If you’re interested in an expunction or sealing of your records, you should reach out to an expunction attorney like Ian Inglis Attorney at Law as soon as you possibly can. An expunction attorney can let you know if you qualify for expunction or sealing of your records. In addition, they are experts on the expunction process, so if you do qualify, they will know how to begin the process.

Most legal proceedings require a multitude of paperwork, which your attorney can also help you with. You do not want your expunction to be delayed due to incorrect or misfiled paperwork, so having an attorney in your corner is the best option out there.

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At the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

It is never a good idea to drive if you have been drinking, especially if you are in Texas. If you are very lucky, you can get away with it without being pulled over. In the case of one driver, however, luck was just not with him.

A driver recently crashed into a police car on the side of the road in a Dallas suburb. It was a good thing that the squad car was empty because the police were busy dealing with a drunk driver they had pulled over. What was not so good was that the gatecrasher naturally caught the attention of the officers, and he had been allegedly drinking. It was just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The officers arrested both drivers for driving while intoxicated (DWI).

However, an arrest is a long way from a conviction. While the above case seems clear-cut, many factors can come into play. As pointed out on the website of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, it is important not to act in fear and panic. Most people are not aware of how the law works, so they make mistakes that could be fatal for their criminal defense.

This is why it is important to do nothing without the advice of an experienced DWI lawyer. There may be ways to get the charges dismissed, get probation, or otherwise avoid a DWI conviction. A good lawyer will know what to do to make the most of a bad situation.

If you are facing drunk driving charges, do not make the mistake of thinking it is no big deal. Drunk driving is a serious offense anywhere in the US, and one conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. Even if you have no prior offenses, a conviction for (DWI) can close the doors on many opportunities for you.

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