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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.

Criminal Attorneys in Austin, Texas Protecting Your Rights

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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  • Fought super hard for my case

    “Jarrod is very professional and fought super hard for my case. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney to represent me. I highly recommend!”

    Previous Client

  • Fantastic Attorney = Fantastic Results

    “I hired Brad Vinson to handle a legal matter and I could not have made a better decision! Brad was attentive, listened to the facts of the case, and strategized a plan that would lead to the best result possible. Brad was communicative, available, and ultimately delivered on what he stated he would do. During this process, there were no unexpected hiccups because Brad understands the law, and understands how to defend his clients. There is no doubt that I would recommend Brad and the whole team at Smith & Vinson to represent any individual that needs legal representation. The whole team is fantastic, and delivers fantastic results.”

    Justin

  • From the moment I spoke with him I was certain I had found the right person to represent me.

    “When I was charge with my DWI case, my son was able to attain Mr. Smith's number. From the moment I spoke with him I was certain I had found the right person to represent me. Mr. Smith was able to explain in detail what we were facing and what to expect. He kept in touch through the whole procedure and was able to walk me through every procedure that I needed to follow. I feel very satisfied with the results, Jarrod is a very trust-worthy person, I personally, highly recommend him. He was even able to help out with went as fast as to work on the payments without any hesitation.”

    Previous Client

  • Well versed in Texas criminal law and procedure

    “Jarrod assisted me in a non disclosure issue I needed handled in the Texas criminal courts. It is very clear that Jarrod is passionate about the law and justice. He is well versed in Texas criminal law and procedure. I would gladly refer anyone to him. He will give your issue the attention it deserves.”

    PJ

  • Committed & Compassionate

    “Jarrod Smith will commit himself fully to the defense of your case. He is a very compassionate and strong attorney. This coupled with his confidence in the courtroom let you know that you are being represented well by an attorney who cares about your case.”

    Previous Client

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  • Texas Bar College
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • National College for DUI Defense
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  • 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.