Need to Clear Your Criminal Record
For many people who have been arrested or convicted of a crime, that record can follow them around long after they have paid any debts they may owe as a result of their actions. In fact, a record does not even have to reflect an actual conviction to do damage to a person’s reputation, making it difficult for them in many different ways.
With background checks and the availability of technology more widespread and easier to use than ever, almost anyone can access a person’s complete history, which can then be used to influence decisions ranging from employment to trying to rent or buy a home to buying a car to many other things of value.
Recognizing that these records can do a lot more harm than they should, Texas officials, and officials throughout most states in the United States allow some form of expungement. Expungement is the process of sealing or destroying court records, meaning that the record is no longer available to the public. Each state is different in how they handle expungements, and in cases where records are sealed and not destroyed, they may still be opened under very specific and restricted circumstances, such as when law enforcement officials are investigating a case.
Criminal Record Expungement in San Antonio and Bexar County
Generally, with the help of an attorney, the biggest benefit to a successful expungement means that you can truthfully state that you have never been arrested, accused or charged with any crime. It is as if the entire incident never happened after the records are expunged.
When you are applying for a job or already have a job, your employer can not ask about an expunged conviction.
And, if a potential landlord runs a background check to see if you have a criminal history, an expungement means that no activity will pop up. The same can apply when you are applying for various forms of credit as well.
Expungements in Texas
In Texas, expungements are allowed for arrests that are dismissed or acquitted, and convictions that are later pardoned or reversed after an appeal.
If you qualify and decide to move forward with the expungement process in Texas, it’s probably in your best interest to seek help from a qualified attorney such as Derek Emmons. You will need assistance with what can be a long and complex process, and getting legal help ensures that the process will be as smooth as possible.
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The Law Office of Derek W. Emmons serves clients in San Antonio and surrounding Texas communities.