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Sealing Criminal Records in Texas

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If you were arrested but not charged with a crime, or you had your charges dismissed, you may be eligible to have your criminal record sealed. In contrast to expungement (also known as expunction), record sealing (also known as an order of non-disclosure) does not destroy your criminal record altogether. Instead, it simply makes it more difficult to view your criminal record, limiting its visibility to certain individuals and entities.

If you are interested in sealing your criminal record in Texas, our Kerrville-based criminal defense attorney can help you understand your options and determine if you are eligible to have your record sealed. If you are eligible, our firm can help you go through the proper channels to better your chances of an ideal outcome. We are prepared to assist you with the filing process and provide representation during your record sealing hearing.

Contact our office at (830) 331-5977 to learn more or to discuss your situation with our team today.

Who Is Eligible for Record Sealing in Texas?

In order to be eligible for criminal record sealed by expunction or non-disclosure in the State of Texas, you must meet certain criteria, including:

  • You were arrested but not charged with a crime
  • Your charges were dropped
  • You successfully completed a pre-trial diversion program or deferred adjudication
  • Have received no subsequent convictions

Note that each situation is different and you may still not be eligible for record sealing even if you meet the above criteria. It’s crucial that you enlist the assistance of a criminal defense attorney in Kerrville or the nearby areas who can help you understand your options.

Record Sealing & DWI

Until recently, first-time DWI convictions were not eligible for record sealing. In 2017, Governor Abbot signed House Bill 3016 into law, allowing eligibility for record sealing for those convicted of a first-time DWI offense. The law outlines specific criteria that an individual must meet in order to be eligible to have his or her record sealed for a first-time DWI conviction.

In order to petition for a non-disclosure of DWI, you must:

  • Have no prior convictions for any non-traffic offense
  • Have never been on deferred adjudication community supervision for a non-traffic offense
  • Have paid all fines, restitution, and other associated costs
  • Have successfully completed the required community supervision (probation)/terms of confinement
  • Have passed the required waiting period of two to five years, depending on the specifics of your situation

Additionally, in order to be eligible to petition for non-disclosure for DWI in the State of Texas, your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of arrest must not have exceeded 0.15 percent. You will also not be eligible if the prosecution can show that the DWI offense led to an accident involving another individual, including a passenger in your vehicle, or if this is a second, third, or subsequent DWI offense.

Contact Our Firm Today

Non-disclosure, or criminal record sealing, does not destroy your record. It can, however, make it more difficult for potential employers, creditors, and landlords to view your criminal history. If you believe you may be eligible for record sealing in Texas, get in touch with The Law Office of Patrick O’Fiel, P.C. Our dedicated Kerrville criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the process, from filing your initial petition to appearing in hearings. We understand how the system works and we are prepared to help you pursue the best possible outcome for your case.

Find out more when you discuss your case with our team; call (830) 331-5977 to schedule a confidential case evaluation.

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