Expunction, expungement, and non-disclosure of crimes
In the State of Texas, any arrest for a crime becomes a searchable piece of a defendant's legal history that can be discovered easily by employers, educational institutions, and loved ones. Even successful defense which results in a dismissal of the case does not erase this permanent reference to the arrest!
Thankfully, the legislature has provided for expunction of criminal arrests that have been dismissed for lack of evidence and non-disclosure of crimes which were dismissed by means of deferred adjudication. Every defendant should hire an attorney to help remove these records of arrest when they are capable of doing so - and each charge has its own statute of limitations that impacts eligibility.
The process is fairly long and not cheap, but it is absolutely worth doing. The filing itself is over $300 and may require a hearing in front of the district court a few months into the life of the case. So once you're ready to being the process, give me a call at (214) 870-9876 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll check the eligibility of the case as quickly as possible. As always, my rates are inexpensive and I accept a flat fee with payment plans, if needed.