By Brooke Price
In times of economic uncertainty, your legal record can have a profound impact on job opportunities. Many are being faced with having to find new jobs while businesses are shut down as a result of Williamson and Bell County’s’ shelter-in-place order to combat COVID-19. If you have a criminal record that can be expunged or sealed, now is the time to start that process to put your best foot forward for potential employers.
Expunging a criminal record essentially deletes the record, and the criminal allegations are treated as if they never occurred. In fact, once an order to expunge your records is signed by a court, you can legally deny you were ever arrested for the offense.
You may be eligible to expunge your record if:
- you were charged with an offense but later acquitted (found “not guilty”);
- you were wrongfully accused of a criminal offense;
- you were charged with an offense, but the charges were subsequently dismissed and you were not on court-ordered probation;
- You were convicted of the offense, but later pardoned.
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. 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 most 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.
If you have a criminal record in Williamson or Bell county, we are here to help. Call the Law Office of Price & Wiggins today so we can help determine your eligibility for expunction and/or record sealing.
Contact Price & Wiggins at (512)354-1880 or contact us here.