Fort Worth Expunction Lawyer
Even if you were never convicted, an arrest on your criminal record can greatly complicate your life and future wellbeing. Find out if you can get the record expunged by speaking with an expunction lawyer in Fort Worth.
It’s no secret that a criminal record can have a massively negative impact on your life and future. However, it’s also true that the mere record of an arrest or criminal charge can have just as significant of an impact—even if you were acquitted with a not guilty verdict or the charges were dismissed outright!
Thankfully, Texas state law allows eligible people to apply for an expungement of criminal records. A successful expunction can make it so that there’s no publicly available record of the arrest or criminal charge, which is necessary for ensuring your future wellbeing.
Successfully applying for an expunction, or even knowing if you qualify, isn’t easy. A Fort Worth expunction lawyer from the Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy can evaluate your situation, inform you of your options, and help you apply for the expungement of records you need.
Why Get an Expunction?
In today’s modern digital age, large portions of our personal histories are available to anyone who cares to look for them. This is especially true of public records, which arrest and criminal records fall under. It’s simply something we all have to live with.
Landlords, employers, banks, universities, and colleges all frequently review the criminal records of applicants. Even if you weren’t actually convicted of a crime, the mere mention of an arrest might be the factor that distinguishes your application from another candidate’s—or simply results in it being dismissed altogether.
A successful expunction will make this record non-existent as far as the public is concerned. By having the record of the charge expunged, you will re-open many previously lost opportunities for employment, housing, loans, and education that would otherwise remain closed.
How Do I Get a Criminal Record Expunged?
While the expunction process is invaluable, it isn’t easy. The first step is determining whether you even qualify for the process. By consulting with a Fort Worth expunction attorney from our firm, you can remove the guesswork from the process.
In order to be eligible, your record must meet one of the following criteria:
- You were acquitted of the charges against you through a not guilty verdict
- The charges against you were dismissed, there was no court-ordered probation, and the statute of limitations for the offense has expired
- No formal charges for the offense you were arrested for have been filed and the charge’s statute of limitations has expired
- You were a juvenile convicted of a misdemeanor punished with a fine, an alcohol offense, or failure to attend school
- The charge on your record is incorrect because someone else falsely gave your name at the time of his or her arrest
- Your conviction was later eliminated by a governor’s pardon
- Your conviction was overturned through an acquittal granted by an appeals court
- Your conviction was for a Class C misdemeanor and you have since completed deferred adjudication
Even if your case doesn’t meet one of the above criteria, hope isn’t necessarily lost. Alternatively, you might also qualify for a motion to non-disclose the criminal records, which would permanently seal the record, making it unavailable to the public, thereby also protecting your well-being and opportunities.
Can Anything Disqualify Me from a Criminal Record Expungement?
Even if you meet one of the criteria necessary for an expunction, there are additional factors that could potentially disqualify you from receiving an expunction. In particular, if you were ever convicted for kidnapping, certain sex offenses, and certain domestic violence offenses, then it could prevent you from ever being eligible for an expunction, even if a future charge meets the appropriate criteria.
Additionally, if you have any felony convictions on your record that took place within five years leading up to the arrest you want expunged, expunction will unfortunately not be an option.
Do I Need a Lawyer for an Expunction?
Strictly speaking, a defense attorney isn’t required in order to seek a criminal record expungement. However, working with our firm is a good decision to make, as we can give you the best chance for an expunction approval and make the process as smooth as possible.
Successfully applying for an expunction will require completing a veritable mountain of paperwork, all of which is incredibly easy to make an unintentional error on. And one mistake is all it takes to see your application denied.
Additionally, an expunction will require appearing in court at some point. Your Fort Worth expunction lawyer will be able to make this courtroom appearance on your behalf, which will allow you to simply go about your life and focus on the things that are truly important.
Our firm makes the expungement process easy. We’ll give you honest answers about your eligibility, what to expect, and any other concerns that pop up during the process. Even if it turns out that expunction isn’t an option, we can also help you explore whether having your criminal record sealed is a possibility.
Help from an Expunction Attorney in Fort Worth
If you need to get the record of an arrest, juvenile misdemeanor, or Class C misdemeanor expunged from your record, we can help. The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy has extensive experience handling expunction requests, and we can help you get the best possible result for your case.
You don’t have to use the same defense attorney you worked with during your original trial, either! If your previous lawyer has since moved or retired, we can help you through the expunction process.
To learn more about your case and what your options are, schedule a time to come in for a free case evaluation with a Fort Worth expunction lawyer. Getting started is as easy as completing the online contact form at the bottom of the page or calling our office directly at 817-605-1010.