How Does Expunction Work in Texas


Many people don’t realize that even if you are not ultimately convicted, your arrest or dismissal will be on your record for the rest of your life in the Texas Department of Public Safety Computerized Criminal History System. However, there are ways to help expunge these offenses from your record. The two ways are Order of Expunction and Order of Non-Disclosure.

Order of Expunction

An order of expunction will erase your criminal record. There are only a few situations in which you can get an order of expunction. These are:

  • You were found not guilty at trial

  • Your charges were dismissed

  • You got a deferred disposition on a Class C Misdemeanor

  • You won on appeal

  • You were granted a pardon by the governor

If any of the above applies to you, contact Smith & Vinson Law Firm. We may be to help you get an expunged or sealed record.

Order of Non-Disclosure

In cases where you have completed deferred adjudication, an Order of Non-Disclosure will “seal” your records, so that the general public does not have access to it. Sealed records can still be viewed by law enforcement agencies though. It is important to note that judges have complete discretion in whether to grant Orders of Non-Disclosure and can do so only “in the best interest of justice.”

Depending on the crime, class of offense, and other penalties, you may have to wait or have other restrictions on an order of non-disclosure or expunction.

Looking For Expunction

If you are facing parole violation-related persecution, we may be able to help. Here at Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we have the skills, experience, and determination to help get you a favorable outcome for your case.

We have handled countless criminal defense cases and know how to navigate the legal system. When you need someone who you can trust to help defend your rights and freedom, rest assured Smith & Vinson Law Firm is here for you. You can reach us at (512) 359-3743 or contact us through our website today.

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