Having a criminal record can deeply affect an individuals life. In many cases the person may be denied jobs, acceptance to school, or loan requests based on their history, so it is important that any information present accurately reflects the incident in question. Fortunately, there are some ways to eradicate information from a record that may present complications in the future.
Expunging Your Record
By expunging your record, it may be possible to make it so that no one has access to the potentially damaging information. During an expungement, the individual that was accused of a crime becomes the plaintiff and requests that the court seals the records from public view, essentially cleaning their names.
The state of Texas has unique laws pertaining to which crimes can and cannot be expunged. Any time a person is arrested but found not guilty, the arrest record can be expunged. Similarly, if the person was facing a class C misdemeanor, opted for deferred adjudication, and completed the required amount of community service, the information can be sealed.
Expungement protects a person from the incident becoming public knowledge. Employers, universities, and banks cannot find the record, and therefore, cannot use it against the applicant.
People that were charged with crimes more serious than a class C misdemeanor may be able to file for nondisclosure of the record, which although different from expungement, is also helpful. Nondisclosure can be attained when the person is offered deferred adjudication and works through their required service as penalty for their crime.
When this situation occurs, only law enforcement agencies can acquire the criminal report, not government agencies or other inquirers.
To find out more about expungement and nondisclosure options, contact a Dallas expungement attorney today. By working with an attorney, you may be able to seal your record and protect your future.