Joseph W. Varela
Houston Criminal Defense And Appeals

Get A Clean Slate: Expunction Of Criminal Records

A criminal accusation creates a permanent record that anyone can easily find, including the police, prospective employers, financial institutions and curious acquaintances. Even if you have never been convicted of a crime, your record may prevent you from getting a job, make it harder to get a loan or damage your reputation in your community.

Luckily, under some circumstances, Texas law allows people to have certain criminal records or arrests expunged or sealed. For example, you may be eligible for expunction if:

  • You were tried and acquitted.
  • You were convicted, but later pardoned.
  • The charges against you were dismissed or voided.

Whether your individual record is eligible for expungement will depend on several factors, including the crime with which you were charged. Contact attorney Joseph W. Varela to discuss your specific situation.

What If Expunction Is Not Possible?

If you are not eligible for expunction, you may still be eligible to have your record sealed through an order of nondisclosure. In this case, your record may still be accessed by law enforcement agencies and other government agencies, but it will be inaccessible to most employers and others. If it is not possible to have your record sealed, we can discuss other options that may be available to you.

With decades of experience representing people charged with crimes in the Houston area, I can help you determine whether you qualify for expunction or nondisclosure. If you do, I can help you with the process of obtaining a court order to protect your record from public view.

Call For A Free Lawyer Consultation

Contact Joseph W. Varela at 832-975-0623 or via email, so we can discuss whether you qualify for either an expunction or a nondisclosure. It is a good idea to act quickly, since the longer you wait, the greater chance there is of your record ending up in a database online where others can access it.

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