WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGING AND RECORD SEALING A IN TEXAS?
One of the difficult aspects of a criminal record is that, for many people, it never truly goes away—making your job search, apartment renting, and other day-to-day tasks more complicated.
Fortunately, for some folks with a past criminal record, the opportunity to have their records expunged or sealed could allow them to turn over a new leaf. If you’ve ever considered the possibility of improving your past criminal record, you’ve probably looked into one of these options. But what’s the difference between an expunged and sealed record?
Expunging or Sealing a Criminal Record: Main Differences
Sealing and expunging a criminal record both accomplish different things; consequently, there are different rules regarding eligibility to seal or expunge your record.
Sealing your record means that members of the general public will be unable to see it—only government agencies and law enforcement requesting a private background check can see the record. On the other hand, expungement of your criminal record makes the record, for all intents and purposes, disappear.
If you want to seal your record, you have to successfully file an order of nondisclosure preventing the government from revealing the record to others. Eligible applicants must meet a set of strict requirements to have their records sealed. Similarly, eligibility for expunction can depend on whether you were convicted for a crime.
In both cases, most people with major felony convictions will be ineligible for either record sealing or expunction. If you’re unsure and would like some help, a criminal defense lawyer will review your case.
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