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Expunging Your Criminal Record?
Smith & Vinson Law Firm Can Help.

Austin Expunction and Non-Disclosure Lawyers

Expunctions & Record Sealing

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. Many people also (incorrectly) assume that after completing deferred adjudication, the record of your conviction will “disappear” from their criminal history. This is not the case. If you have not taken any steps to clear a record from your criminal history, it can still be seen by employers or anyone else who performs a simple background check.

Central Texas Record Sealing Attorneys

Having a charge from an arrest or dismissal on your background can have devastating consequences. Let the lawyers at Smith & Vinson Law Firm work for you to clear your record. We work to seal client’s records in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Hutto and around the Central Texas area. Contact us now for a free consultation at (512) 359-3743.

In Texas, there are two possible methods for clearing your criminal history: Order of Expunction and Order of Non-Disclosure.

Texas 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 you were found not guilty at trial, had your charges dismissed or were granted a deferred disposition on a Class C Misdemeanor call the lawyers at Smith & Vinson Law Firm today and set up a free consultation. We will review your case to determine if you are eligible for an expunction or an order of non-disclosure.

Please note: Convicted cases cannotbe expunged.

Texas 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 cannot see it. Sealed records can still be viewed by criminal justice agencies. 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.” For this reason, it is important that you not attempt to handle an Order of Non-Disclosure without the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer.

Some additional restrictions you should note are:

  • For certain Class A and Class B Misdemeanors, there is a 2 year waiting period after completing deferred adjudication
  • For felonies, this waiting period is 5 years
  • Certain crimes are not able to be sealed, such as DWI, murder, aggravated kidnapping, sex offense, or family violence

In order to maintain your personal and professional reputation, it is important to keep your criminal record free of items that do not belong there. Call Smith & Vinson Law Firm today and let a competent and experienced criminal defense lawyer take a look at your situation. We will fight for you to make sure the past remains in the past so that you can move on with your life.

Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you need your records sealed in Austin, Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, or any of the surrounding areas in Texas contact Smith & Vinson Law Firm.

At Smith & Vinson Law Firm, we take your case seriously and fight to protect your constitutional rights. Jarrod Smith and Brad Vinson are aggressive trial lawyers that will fight for you from day one to get the best possible resolution for your case.

Contact our office today for a free initial consultation. We can be reached at (512) 359-3743.

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  • Highly Recommend

    “Jarrod has all the qualities you need in a good lawyer: he's smart, diligent, thorough and fair. He will keep you informed about your case. I wouldn't hesitate to hire him if I got in trouble and needed a lawyer.”

    Kenneth

  • Second to NONE

    “I would love to add my thanks and heart felt appreciation for the help that your law firm provided me. Before I met you guys my situation looked very bleak and quite honestly your dedication to my case really carried over this past year and the reward was not only one felony dismissal but two. Thank you from the Ramirez family, I will always be great full and you guys have earned a spot in my family. For anyone reading, this firm is second to NON, they know what there talking about and do exactly what they promise to do. Very professional, on time and and educate you along the whole process. I had alot to lose and you guys gave it all back to me and finally represented what true Justice is here in America. God bless you both and God bless your firm”

    Manuel R.

  • Responded very quickly after I reached out

    “Responded very quickly after I reached out with little notice before court date. Communicated well and case was resolved to my satisfaction. ”

    Previous client

  • Outstanding Lawyer

    “Jarrod is an outstanding advocate for his clients. He is well versed in evidence and criminal law nuances, skills which allow him to level the playing field for his clients and make certain they get a fair chance at justice.”

    Matt

  • 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me.

    “Pay them, be honest with them and communicate with them and they will fix your mistake. Plain and simple. Charged 1st DWI offense. Called in. Told them scenario. Worked with payment methods (very important) .I had numerous lawyers to choose from. 110% glad I chose Jarrod to represent and fight for me. Throughout whole process I had the utmost confidence in Mr. Smith and his work. the goal when we first met was to "get the DWI dismissed" and that is exactly what happened. mission accomplished. if you need a DWI removed call jarrod”

    Ronald D.

  • Top Attorney Avvo Rating 10.0
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • Texas Bar College
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • Avvo 5 Star Reviews
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award

Why Hire Us?

  • We are accessible to you. Our attorneys can be reached 24/7.
  • Bold and fearless defense are what we are known for.
  • Turn to us for straightforward legal advice when you need it.
  • We offer free consultations to every single client served.