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We did exactly as Jeff instructed and the case was dismissed. There are no words to explain how happy we are with his performance.

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What Does It Mean When a Record Is Sealed?

The consequences of a criminal record can be life-long. It’s a reason why most people accused of a crime will do all they can to avoid conviction. It goes without saying that no one wants to be labeled a criminal in the eyes of the law. However, once you’ve even been charged with a crime, it can be impossible to avoid the consequences completely. 

In some cases, you may be eligible to have your records sealed. Some cases are unable to be sealed at all, but for some people, sealing their criminal history is a way of protecting their personal information. If you’re wondering, “What does it mean when a record is sealed?” read on to learn about some practical considerations. 

Sealed Record: What Does It Mean for My Prior Convictions?

Filing an expunction is the formal process of removing a criminal charge from your record. In essence, expunction wipes the slate clean when it comes to a prior legal record, and a person can honestly deny that their past record ever existed. Although for many people this is an attractive option, it simply isn’t allowable in many cases. 

If you’ve committed a minor misdemeanor, were found not-guilty of a crime, or were charged with certain juvenile offenses—among other limited reasons—you may be able to expunge your record. However, in other cases, such as with a felony conviction, this generally isn’t possible. 

You may be able to seal your record with an order of non-disclosure, however. Although sealing your record in this fashion doesn’t grant you the legal right to claim your legal record doesn’t exist, it does prevent the general public from seeing information related to your record.

Determining Eligibility for Sealing a Criminal Record in Texas

Similar to the expunction process, sealing a record through an order of non-disclosure is only available to people whose backgrounds meet certain criteria, but the requirements for sealing a record are different than those that are sufficient for expunction. The criteria for asking a court to seal your record in the state of Texas are that: 

  • You entered a plea of guilty or no-contest
  • The judge postponed the case, but you were not convicted of a crime through an adjudication of guilt
  • The case was dismissed, and you were eventually discharged by the court after a period of surveillance 

Once a record is sealed, the general public will not be able to see the facts of your record, but certain law enforcement agencies will still be able to.

Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Fort Worth

The eligibility for sealing your criminal record can be difficult to understand, but you are well within your rights to find out if it’s an option for you. A Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy can help defend your right to seal an eligible record in Texas. 

Call 817-605-1010 or fill out the form below to tell us more about your case. 

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