Criminal Record Sealing / Expunging in Williamson and Bell County
If you have a criminal record in Georgetown and have been denied from applying to certain jobs, professional occupations, or educational opportunities, you may want to seal or expunge your criminal record.
Depending on the type of offense you have been charged with or the circumstances surrounding your criminal record, you will either want to request an order of non-disclosure, which is similar to sealing, or file a petition for expunction.
Sealing a criminal record will hide it from the public and prevent employers or educational institutions from accessing the record. Expunging a criminal record basically deletes the record, and the criminal allegations are treated as if they never occurred.
Sealing or expunging a criminal record in Georgetown can be a very difficult process, and the Texas Department of Public Safety can deny an application for expunction for any reason they determine is necessary. Therefore, it is very important to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you determine if you are eligible to seal or expunge your record and to guide you through the application process.
Georgetown Criminal Record Sealing Lawyer
If you have been charged with a criminal offense and want to seal or expunge your record in Georgetown, or any of the surrounding areas Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Hutto, Killeen, Temple, Belton or Harker Heights, contact Law Office of Price & Wiggins, P.C.
Michael J. Price is experienced in all areas of sealing or expunging criminal records and will make every effort to help you determine if you are eligible to have your record sealed or expunged. Call Law Office of Price & Wiggins, P.C. for a free consultation at (512) 354-1880 about sealing your criminal record.
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- Resources in Georgetown for Sealing a Criminal Record
The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure § 55.01 defines certain situations where an alleged offender will be able to expunge their criminal record. An individual that has been convicted of a criminal offense is not eligible to expunge their record; they will have to request an order of non-disclosure. An individual with a criminal record can expunge their record in the following situations:
- If an alleged offender was charged with an offense but later acquitted;
- If an individual was wrongfully accused of a criminal offense;
- If an alleged offender was charged with an offense, but the charges were subsequently dismissed; and
- If the alleged offender was convicted of the offense, but later pardoned.
In order to expunge a criminal record or a criminal offense, the alleged offender is required to follow a specified process. Failure to do so could result in a denial of the application. The Texas Department of Public Safety requires individuals eligible for expunction to provide the following in their petition for expunction:
- Verifying information, such as name, race, date of birth, sex, address at time of arrest, social security number, and driver’s licenses number;
- The offense they are attempting to expunge;
- The county or municipality where the arrest occurred;
- The date of arrest;
- The arresting law enforcement agency;
- The case number and court where the offense was charged; and
- Any law enforcement agency that may have information or records pertaining to the offense.
Under the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure § 55.02, the court must expunge an alleged offender’s record if they request the expunction within 30 days of an acquittal of the charges. A criminal record expungement essentially removes the criminal offense from any criminal record and treats the crime as if it never occurred.
Individuals that have been placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for committing an alleged criminal offense may be permitted to seal their criminal record under the Texas Government Code § 411.081. An individual that has been placed on deferred adjudication community supervision for committing a misdemeanor or felony offense will be able to request an order of nondisclosure after their charges have subsequently been discharged or dismissed.
If the request for an order of nondisclosure is granted, the individuals’ record will be sealed. An individual who has had their record sealed is not required to disclose to civilians, private employers or educational admissions departments they were the subject of a criminal proceeding. However, certain governmental agencies and law enforcement agencies will still be able to access the record.
Individual who have been charged with felony offenses may be eligible to request an order of non-disclosure five years after they have successfully completed their deferred adjudication community supervision. An individual who has placed on misdemeanor deferred adjudication supervision will generally be eligible to request an order of nondisclosure immediately after they complete the supervision period. However, certain misdemeanor offenders are required to wait two years to seal their record after the supervision period is over. Some of these misdemeanor offenses can include, but are not limited to:
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm,
- Unlawful Carry of a Weapon,
- Harassment, and/or
- Indecent Exposure.
Additionally, certain offenses are never eligible to be sealed in Texas. These offenses can include, but are not limited to:
- Family Violence,
- Sex Offenses,
- Capital Murder,
- Child Abuse,
- Abuse of an Elderly or Disabled Person,
- Abandoning or Endangering a Child,
- Violation of a Protection Order, and/or
Sealing or expunging a criminal record can provide an individual who has been accused of a criminal offense a new opportunity to pursue certain occupations, professional licenses, educational opportunities and public assistance. A criminal offense or criminal record that has been sealed or expunged:
- Is no longer available to the public;
- Will not be able to be accessed by potential employers;
- Will not be able to be found or seen by educational institutions; and/or
- Will not be able to be accessed by agencies providing public assistance.
An individual who has expunged their criminal record is authorized under Texas law to deny the existence of the expunction order and deny the arrest every occurred on all job and school applications. The expunged record is treated as if it never occurred or existed. An individual who has sealed their criminal record may be permitted to vote, hold public office or own or possess a firearm. Although certain governmental agencies and law enforcement agencies will still have access to the sealed record, the individual may be permitted to deny a criminal record on job or school applications and requests for public assistance.
Texas Constitution and Statutes – Code of Criminal Procedure – Expunction, or expungement of a criminal record, is defined in Chapter 55 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. This link defines eligibility for expungement, expunction requirements and the effect of expunction.
Texas Constitution and Statutes – Criminal Record Sealing – Non-disclosure of a criminal record, or sealing a criminal record, is defined in Chapter 411 of the Texas Government Code. This link describes offenses eligible to be sealed, situations where an individual cannot request an order of non-disclosure, and agencies that can access sealed records.
Texas Department of Public Safety – Criminal Records Service – The Texas Department of Public Safety or DPS provides information on sealing and expunging criminal records in Texas. The Texas DPS maintains certain criminal records in Texas and has the authority to deny an application for expunction. A local DPS office is located at:Georgetown DPS
515 S. Pine Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626
Phone: (512) 863-5816
Law Office of Price & Wiggins, P.C. | Texas Criminal Record Expunging Attorney
Contact Law Office of Price & Wiggins, P.C. today for a consultation about whether you are eligible to have your criminal record sealed or expunged throughout Williamson County in Texas. Michael J. Price is an experienced Georgetown criminal defense lawyer who will make every effort to help you seal or expunge your criminal record.
Contact Law Office of Price & Wiggins, P.C. at (512) 354-1880 for a consultation about sealing or expunging your criminal record throughout Williamson County and Bell County in Texas.