In today's world any type of past criminal record can be a life sentence that dramatically affects people's lives in a negative way. This is no more so true than in Texas, where many courts and the Texas Department of Public Safety make it easy for anyone to find criminal records.
We have solutions for anyone who is suffering from the harmful effects of their past criminal record. The best way to see what we can do to help you is by taking this free online eligibility test.
There are countless reasons why thousands of individuals from across the nation have selected The Law Firm of Higbee & Associates to help clear their past criminal records. We are recognized throughout the country as expungement experts. We will readily match the price of our competition’s services; however, no one can match the quality of our work and our level of knowledge and experience.
Not surprisingly, record sealing and expungement proceedings can be very difficult. Simple mistakes could force you to start the process over from the beginning and cause your case to get delayed for months or years. The Law Firm of Higbee & Associates has Texas expungement attorneys that will ensure that your case is done right from the beginning, avoiding such delays.
Moreover, we are the only firm to go further than record clearing in court. We have an Expedited Record Clearance Update service that clears your past criminal record with over 600 leading companies that do background checks. Why is this so important? When an employer or other entity runs a background check, it is done through one of these companies, not directly with the court. If these companies are not notified about your cleared criminal record, the record can remain in their system incorrectly for months or years. This service will have these companies do a record update within 14 days. This way you will not miss out on opportunities, and you will be able to move forward with your life sooner.
In Texas, you are unable to seal or expunge a case that resulted in a conviction unless you first receive a pardon. To expunge your case that was dismissed or for which you completed deferred adjudication, a motion must be filed at the court where the conviction happened or at a court in the county where the arrest happened. The motion asks the judge to seal or expunge the records pertaining to any arrest, court proceedings or conviction. If this motion is granted, the judge in Texas will issue an order for the expungement or an order of non-disclosure. Once this order is made, the public will not be able to access your record.
The option you do have for a conviction in Texas is to apply for a set aside. Setting aside a conviction removes the finding of guilt, and the case will appear as dismissed. We can manage all phases of your case from beginning to end. We appear in court for you, and in most cases you will not have to appear yourself.
The fastest and simplest way to uncover what options are accessible for you is to take this free online eligibility test. Below you will discover brief overviews of the services we have available in Texas.
Expungement may be available to you if you had an arrest but were not convicted or sentenced to community supervision. Additionally, you can expunge class C misdemeanors for which you successfully completed deferred adjudication.
You may be eligible for an order of non-disclosure if you have received deferred adjudication for a felony or misdemeanor A or B and have successfully completed that deferred adjudication. Certain offenses, including but not limited to sex offenses requiring registration, murder, stalking and family violence offenses, are not eligible.
If you were convicted, received and successfully completed probation, you may be eligible to have the conviction set aside. If your conviction is set aside, it may still show up in some background checks, but it will appear dismissed with no finding of guilt. Certain offenses, including DUI and certain felonies, are not eligible to be set aside. Additionally, certain counties in Texas are not currently offering or granting set asides, please take the eligibility test for more information.
If you are on probation you might be able to terminate the probation early or reduce the amount of time you have left by petitioning the court to do so. To qualify you must make sure you have paid all fees, fines and restitution and completed all court ordered classes. The judge will determine if discharging you from probation early will serve the ends of justice. Visit our probation termination page for further information.
Texas law allows you to apply for a pardon that also restores gun rights after a conviction or deferred adjudication. To be eligible, you must have demonstrated exemplary behavior and rehabilitation. We generally recommend applying for expungement or nondisclosure in place of a pardon if you are eligible. If you are not eligible for expungement, obtaining a pardon will make you eligible to expunge your case.
If your civil rights have been lost in Texas because of a federal crime or a conviction in another country, you can apply for a restoration of civil rights. Certain offenses, involving violence, drugs or guns, are not eligible. If you were convicted of a federal offense, you must wait 3 years from the date of your conviction to apply. If you were convicted in another country, you must wait 2 years from the date of your conviction to apply.
Texas law allows for you to petition to get your juvenile record sealed. You must have no convictions (of a felony or misdemeanor crime of moral turpitude) or adjudications since your discharge. Also, you must have not received a determinate sentence in a juvenile penitentiary. You must wait two years since you were discharged but if there was no adjudication, there is no waiting period.
The first step is this eligibility test to discover your options in regards to clearing your Texas record. You can sign up for our services by contacting us online or by phone. We have more than 20 offices throughout the country, including three in Texas.
If you are not sure about what you need or qualify for and you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us or chat with us online for a confidential and free consultation.
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