At the Law Office of Sandra J. Oballe, we understand the importance of having a clean criminal record. We know it’s more than just an abstract concept—it’s about your reputation, future employment opportunities, and your overall quality of life.
If you have a criminal record and are wondering about your options for clearing it up, Texas law provides several routes, and we’re here to guide you through them.
If you have immediate questions and would like to speak with an attorney, call us today at 979-265-6800 in Brazoria County or 713-524-6656 in Houston, TX. In the meantime, this page covers most of what you need to know regarding criminal record sealing.
Understanding Expungement and Non-Disclosure in Texas
The terms “expungement” and “non-disclosure” are often used interchangeably, but they’re not quite the same.
In Texas, expungement is outlined by Article 55.01 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
Expungement, also known as expunction, is the process of legally erasing a criminal record. In the eyes of the law, the arrest or charge never happened. It’s as if you’ve hit the reset button on your criminal history. If you’re granted an expungement, you can legally deny the event ever occurred, except in very limited circumstances.
Certificate of Non-Disclosure
A Certificate of Non-Disclosure doesn’t erase your record—it hides it. If you’re granted a Certificate of Non-Disclosure, your criminal record still exists but is sealed from public view. Certain government agencies and law enforcement can still access your record, but for the most part, employers, landlords, and the general public can’t.
Qualifying for Expungement in Texas
Not everyone qualifies for an expungement in Texas. Qualification for expunction largely depends on the nature of your charges and the outcome of your case. Here are some scenarios where you might be eligible:
- Acquittal: If you were acquitted of the charges—meaning you were found not guilty—you can apply for an expungement.
- Dismissal: If the charges against you were dismissed, you’re also eligible.
- Conviction overturned: If you were initially found guilty, but your conviction was later overturned on appeal, you can seek expungement.
- Pardon: If you were convicted but later pardoned, you qualify.
- Certain misdemeanors: If you were arrested for a misdemeanor but never formally charged, you might be eligible, depending on how much time has passed since your arrest.
Remember, even if you think you meet these criteria, expungement isn’t automatic. It’s a legal process that requires filing a petition with the court.
If you have questions about whether or not you qualify for expunction contact our law offices today. The information on this page is general information. So, be sure to speak with Attorney Sandra Oballe about your situation in particular.
Qualifying for a Certificate of Non-Disclosure
The qualifications for a Certificate of Non-Disclosure are a bit different. In Texas, you might qualify if you’ve successfully completed the deferred adjudication community supervision requirements associated with your case.
Deferred Adjudication is a form of probation where you’re charged with a crime, but the court defers the finding of guilt granted that you adhere to the agreement.
If you meet these criteria and a predetermined waiting period has passed, you can apply for a Certificate of Non-Disclosure. However, certain offenses aren’t eligible, including family violence offenses, most violent offenses, aggravated kidnapping, and any offense requiring registration as a sex offender, among others. Again, if you have questions about your particular situation or that of a loved one, contact Attorney Sandra Oballe today.
Get Started Clearing Your Criminal History Today
We’ve only scratched the surface of expungement and non-disclosure in Texas. The reality is, the process can be complex with confusing qualifying standards. That’s where we come in. At the Law Office of Sandra J. Oballe, we’re dedicated to helping our clients clear their criminal records and get on with their lives. We know the ins-and-outs of Texas law and will work with you throughout the process.
Why Choose the Law Office of Sandra J. Oballe?
If you’re ready to start the process of sealing your criminal records, it’s best to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. That’s exactly what you get with Sandra J. Oballe; an experienced Texas criminal law counselor. Ms. Oballe has practiced law in Texas and Federal Courts since 2003. She has extensive experience with post-conviction matters, appeals, and criminal record sealing.
We’re not just a law firm—we’re your advocates, guides, and partners in this journey. We’ll walk you through the process, handle the paperwork, and, if necessary, represent you in court. We know how important getting your criminal history sealed is for your future. As with all of our clients, our law firm is committed to giving you the attention you deserve.
We don’t take on more clients than we can handle and we take all of our clients’ matters serious. If you call us, we’ll call you back. If you send Sandy a text message, she’ll respond. Client care is our top priority. Furthermore, we have numerous reviews from our former clients that attest to our dedication to our professional responsibilities.
Keep your Past where it Belongs, Behind You
Don’t let your past hold you back any longer. Clearing your criminal record will open up new opportunities and give you the fresh start you deserve. Contact the Law Office of Sandra J. Oballe today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options.
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Call Attorney Sandra Oballe Today!
To speak with Brazoria criminal defense lawyer Sandra Oballe, call 979-265-6800 today. For criminal cases in Houston, Harris County, call us at 713-524-6656. We provide flexible payments, affordable legal services, and aggressive legal presentation.
Our Houston office is located at 405 Main St. #835, Houston, TX 77002 and our Angleton office is located at 1212 N. Velasco #200, Angleton, TX 77515.
Remember, you’re not defined by your past. With our help, we’ll take the steps needed to clear your criminal record. We look forward to assisting you on this journey.