Tarrant County Expunction of Criminal Records Lawyer Fort Worth Expungement Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy
Tarrant County Expungement Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy can help you clear your criminal records
Is an arrest or criminal record causing you problems? We have successfully assisted hundreds of clients in clearing or sealing their Tarrant County criminal records through filing a Petition for Expunction of Records. Everyone makes mistakes in life but having an arrest or criminal record can negatively affect your career and personal life. An arrest is public record and can be accessed by the general public and numerous other persons including employers, creditors, law enforcement agencies, and educators.
Have you been arrested and acquitted or found Not Guilty in Tarrant County?
Arrested and your case was Dismissed in Tarrant County?
Arrested and No Charges Filed in Tarrant County?
If a criminal history is creating a negative impact on your life, contact Tarrant County Criminal Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy immediately at 817-605-1010 for a Free Consultation to determine whether your criminal record can be expunged and ultimately clear your record.
Clearing Your Criminal Record through Expunction
Over the last several years, the frequency of criminal background checks has substantially increased. Due in part to security concerns since the terroristic attacks, corporate employer worries about employee liability, application or renewal for professional licenses and the ease of information dissemination on the internet. Under certain circumstances, Texas law allows for the destruction and clearing of criminal records through a procedure known as an expunction or expungement of criminal records.
Am I Eligible for an Expunction of my Criminal Record?
You may be eligible to clear your criminal record through an expunction if you satisfy one of the following criteria:
- You were arrested, formally charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, and you were found Not Guilty after trial
- You were arrested, formally charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, and the charge was Dismissed outright; there was no court ordered community supervision probation under Article 42.12 for any offense other than a Class C misdemeanor; and the statute of limitations for your charge has expired
- You were arrested but No Formal Charges Were Filed for a misdemeanor or felony offense and the statute of limitations for your charge has expired
- Your were arrested, formally charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense and the charge was Reduced to a Class C Misdemeanor Offense; you completed deferred adjudication probation; and the statute of limitations for your charge has expired
- You completed deferred adjudication or deferred disposition for a Class C Misdemeanor Charge that was originally filed in justice or municipal court
- Another person falsely gave your name as their identifying information when they were arrested, leading to false charges on your record
- You were convicted but later pardoned by the Governor
- You were convicted at the trial level but then acquitted by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Call an Experienced Tarrant County Expunction Lawyer Who Understands How to Get Results!
Determining whether or not you are eligible to file a Petition for Expunction of records can be a difficult and complicated task. Expungement Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy understands this complicated area of Texas law. For over 20 years, we have assisted hundreds of clients with successfully expunging their criminal history and giving them a clean slate. If you have ever been arrested for a criminal offense, contact 817-605-1010 for a Free Consultation to determine whether your criminal record can be expunged.
Expungement of Criminal Records Lawyer Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX
It is always in your best interest to have a criminal arrest expunged from your record as soon as possible. Tarrant County Expunction Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy is dedicated to protecting your criminal record. With over 20 years of legal experience in criminal defense, we have assisted hundreds of clients with successfully petitioning the courts for an Expunction of Criminal Arrest Records.
Hiring an experienced Fort Worth Expunction of Records Attorney can ensure that the process is simplified and all of your specific needs are addressed. If you were ever arrested for a criminal offense, contact us at 817-605-1010 for a Free Consultation to discuss the process of clearing your criminal record and giving you a fresh start.
Expunction of Criminal Records – Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Obtain an Expunction of My Criminal Records?
Obtaining an Expunction requires filing a Petition for Expunction of Records in district court in the county in which you were arrested or in district court in the county in which the offense was alleged to have occurred. The Petition must be drafted containing identifying information such as your full name, date of birth, race, sex, driver’s license number, social security number, address at the time of the arrest, arresting agency, offense charged, date of offense, date of arrest, case number, court, and final disposition of the charges. Furthermore, the Petition must contain a list of all law enforcement agencies, jails or other entities that could have a record of the arrest. Finally, the Expunction Petition must be signed by you and sworn to before a Notary Public. The Petition is then filed in the appropriate court and a hearing is scheduled whereby a judge determines whether or not you are eligible and entitled to be granted an Expunction.
If an Expunction if Granted, What is the Effect of the Expunction Order?
An Expunction Order gives you a clean slate and fresh start! If an Expunction of Records is granted, all of the records relating to the arrest are deleted, obliterated and destroyed and you may deny that the arrest ever occurred. Furthermore, any release or use of expunged records by the police, the courts, or any other person for any purpose is prohibited. Once an Expunction has been granted, it is a criminal offense for any person to release, disseminate or otherwise use the records or files.
What if I am Not Eligible for an Expunction of Records?
If you do not meet the legal requirements to expunge your criminal record, you may be entitled to file a Petition for Nondisclosure of Records. If you were ever arrested and completed Deferred Adjudication Probation for a criminal offense, you may be eligible to petition the court to seal your criminal record from public disclosure through a procedure known as Nondisclosure of Criminal Records. If your case is eligible for Nondisclosure, the records relating to your arrest could be designated unavailable for public access. You could also be entitled to deny the fact that you were ever arrested, charged with a criminal offense, or placed on Deferred Adjudication Probation for the criminal offense. Please see additional information on Nondisclosure of Records.