Almost all job applications in 2016 require criminal background checks. In the era of the Internet it’s very easy to pull up any candidate’s records. If you have a criminal record it may not just affect your chances of landing a job. Mortgage applications, documents required to rent an apartment or college course applications often require a criminal background check.
In Texas you can clean up or expunge your criminal record in certain circumstances. Here are the three main routes.
1 You were tried in court and found not guilty;
2 The court dismissed the charges against you;
3 You appeal your conviction to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the court acquits you of the crime.
4 You were arrested but were not formally charged. Our Tarrant County criminal defense attorneys may be able to help you erase the your record if a considerable amount of time has passed.
A petition for non-disclosure can only be obtained by someone who has completed deferred adjudication probation. In these cases you may be able to get of your criminal record sealed.
The most likely recipient would a first-time offender of a non-violent offense who was never found guilty and received a deferred probationary term. Additionally, he or she should not have got into trouble during probation. You sometimes have to wait from two to five years after the completion of probation to file a petition for non-disclosure.
A petition won’t necessary expunge everything but will remove the criminal record from a general background check.
Beyond these methods there is limited scope to clear your name. A defendant who completes a straight probation sentence cannot erase a criminal record.
However, there are two methods you can seek to clear your record if you are not eligible for non-disclosure or expunction. They are:
1 Pardons from the governor or the president
2 A writ of Habeas Corpus.
Although exoneration is not referenced in the expunction statute, it is in line with the principles of a pardon because the finding of guilt was completely removed from the petitioner.
Cleaning up a criminal record may be of utmost importance to you to get on with your life. Our Tarrant County criminal defense attorney has a long track record in these matters and can provide a free consultation. Call us at (682) 204-4066.