LAWYER: ELIGIBILITY REVIEW
Are My Records Eligible for Expungement in Texas?
Not necessarily. The guidelines for expunction – which is the legal term more commonly known as “expungement” – are set forth in Chapter 55 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. The rules for applying for an expungement in Texas are not always straightforward.
Common situations that can complicate an expungement in Texas include, but are not limited to:
- Expunction based on the expiration of the time in which your case can be prosecuted (also called a “statute of limitations”)
- Expunction of an offense where multiple offenses were alleged in the same transaction of events
- Acceptance of deferred adjudication or certain pretrial intervention programs offered by the State
- Misrepresentation of your identity to authorities during an arrest of a third party (identity theft)
- Certain other specified legal exceptions
An Attorney Can Help With Your Application
Our Texas expungement forms process is simple and straightforward. However, if you would like to consult with an experienced legal professional, one of our attorneys can help determine if you are eligible.
Recordhelp.com offers you the opportunity to have a licensed legal professional review your Texas expungement application. Our attorneys will guide you through the process, make sure you answer only the questions that are asked and help you avoid providing too much, or the wrong kind of, information.
Many attorneys bill at $250 to $400 or more per hour. Due to the nature of the work and the volume that we handle, we are able to offer our services to clients at $200 per hour.
The cost of our do-it-yourself expungement forms and an entire hour of consultation with a Texas expungement attorney are still under $400. After your “free” consultation with another attorney, you could easily pay three times this amount or more for an uncontested expungement in Texas. Our attorneys prepare you to represent yourself in the event that the Texas Department of Public Safety opposes your petition for expunction.
If you are going to clear your record, do it once and do it right the first time. Take advantage of an attorney consultation for advice and guidance regarding your expungement in Texas.
Why is Expungement Necessary?
A bona-fide expungement in Texas requires agencies such as the district attorney’s office, the local courts, police departments, sheriffs’ offices and other law enforcement agencies to destroy the records of your case. Since expungement removes the records of these events, you will never have to answer “yes” to the question, “Have you ever been arrested?” Allowing your arrest and prosecution records to remain on your record may impact you in school, job, housing and loan applications.
Cost $200 per hour