Texas law provides a second chance for people who wish to expunge a criminal record. In order to be eligible, it is important to have an experienced attorney to help them understand if they qualify.
Whether it was an arrest at South Padre Island for public intoxication, a DWI in Los Fresnos, or a theft case in Weslaco, each circumstance must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The most important factor to consider for an expunction in Texas is whether the person was ultimately convicted of the offense. A person with a conviction will not be able to expunge their record.
Pretrial diversions that result in dismissals will usually qualify for an expunction. The District Attorney for Cameron and Hidalgo Counties will retain a record but that retained record is not for public databases. It remains as the District Attorney’s own privileged record in case another arrest occurs in that county and may be considered if the person gets into trouble again.
Persons charged with Class C misdemeanors who pleaded guilty or no contest, but received a deferred disposition, might qualify for expunction as long as they committed no offense during that deferred period and the statute of limitations has passed.
If you or a loved one would like more information on whether you qualify to expunge your record, call The Barrera Law Firm at (956) 428-2822 for a free consultation.