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Experienced Expungement Lawyer Seals Criminal Records
Looking to clear a prior criminal charge from your record? We offer fast and easy expungement/expunction and petitions for non-disclosure in Texas for any and all criminal records. Unsure whether you can seal your record? Consult with an experienced expungement attorney at Mercer & Keirnan to find out if you're eligible. Don't overpay for a Texas expungement lawyer. Call today!
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Part of the expungement cost is the filing fee charged by the court, typically around $300, which is required for any record expungement or expunction. The average lawyer expungement cost for record expungement in Texas is around $1,500. Some lawyers charge upwards of $3,000 to expunge criminal records. The expungement lawyers at Mercer & Keirnan Criminal Defense Attorneys believe that no one should overpay for their expungement cost, especially to clear your criminal record of a dismissed charge.
We offer affordable expungement in Texas. Let the criminal defense attorneys at Mercer & Keirnan help erase your criminal record with fast, easy and affordable record expungement.
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How to Expunge Your Criminal Record
You should always consult with an experienced Houston expungement lawyer before beginning the process of record expungement. If you're wondering how to expunge your criminal record in Texas, read through Section 55.01 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. Criminal record expungement in Texas can be complicated and takes considerable time and money. Many offenses are not eligible for expungement in Texas and your application could be denied without refund.
Avoid excessive expungement cost and contact an experienced Houston expungement lawyer at Mercer & Keirnan to find out how to expunge your criminal record. CALL 713-236-9700 TODAY for a free consultation. We will show you how to expunge your record quickly and affordably.
New Texas Expungement Laws in 2017
On September 1, 2017, new Texas Expungement laws were passed to allow even more people with criminal history to get their record sealed. The new laws, found in Chapter 411 of the Texas Government Code, are specifically intended to give first-time offenders a second chance. Two major categories of prior arrests are now eligible to be removed:
2) misdemeanor cases resulting in a conviction or guilty plea.
Under the new Texas expungement laws in 2017, certain first time DWI's and prior misdemeanor convictions can be sealed by filing a petition for non-disclosure. The new law applies to first-time offenders without a prior criminal record. Read about the new expungement legislation to see if you qualify to have your criminal record sealed under Chapter 411.
Expungement Prior to the 2017 Legislation
Prior to the 2017 expungement legislation, a person must have successfully completed a deferred adjudication to file a petition for non-disclosure and seal a criminal record. If the case resulted in a conviction, the arrest would remain on that person's background for life. The following are all examples of a conviction:
1) A guilty plea followed by straight probation (rather than deferred adjudication);
2) A guilty plea followed by jail time and/or a fine not involving probation;
3) A "guilty" verdict at trial.
The new law allows for sealing of certain first-time misdemeanor and DWI/DUI convictions. This is wonderful news for anyone experiencing the many negative effects of a prior criminal conviction.
Which criminal records are eligible for expunction in Texas?
The best way to find out which criminal records are eligible for expunction in Texas is to call an experienced expungement lawyer who is knowledgeable about Texas expungement/expunction law. The following is a list of criminal records that are eligible for expungement in Texas:
An arrest in which you were released without being charged
A criminal charge that was ultimately dismissed (dismissals after deferred adjudication cannot be expunged, except for Class C Misdemeanors)
An offense for which pretrial diversion was succesfully completed
A criminal charge that resulted in a Not Guilty verdict or acquittal
An arrest in which your name appears in the record by mistake
If your case is eligible for expunction and you've hired a Houston expunction attorney to get the case expunged, Texas law gives you the right to deny the occurance of the arrest if asked. However, should you deny the arrest on a job application? Every situation is different. Read our blog post on the topic to learn more.
Which criminal records are NOT eligible for expungement?
The following criminal records are NOT eligible for record expungement/expunction in Texas:
An arrest that resulted in a guilty conviction
An arrest that resulted in community supervision or probation, except for Class C Misdemeanors
Certain criminal charges that were ultimately dismissed but that are still within the statute of limitations period.
**Before you begin the process of expunging your records in Texas, be sure that the offense you wish to expunge is eligible for expungement. An improper understanding of the law can raise your expungement cost, as filing fees are non-refundable. Consult with an expungement attorney for free at Mercer & Keirnan by calling 713-208-7682. We are available 24/7 to answer your expungement questions.
Hire an Experienced Expungement Lawyer
Criminal defense attorneys Casey Keirnan and Michael Mercer are experienced Houston expungement lawyers who have filed hundreds of expunction petitions in and around Harris County, Texas. Obtaining an expungement in Texas requires an in depth knowledge of Texas expungement law. By hiring an experienced expungement lawyer, you can minimize your expungement cost and accelerate the process of sealing your records. It is strongly recommended that anyone trying to obtain an expungement or petition for non-disclosure hire an experienced expungement lawyer to make sure that no stone is left unturned.
Call the criminal defense attorneys at Mercer & Keirnan for a free consultation and learn how to expunge or seal your criminal record in Houston. Call (713) 208-7682 for a Free Evaluation and get started with affordable Expungement in Harris County, Texas.
Petition for Non-Disclosure - Expungement alternative
For charges dismissed after successful completion of deferred adjudication, expungement is not available. The alternative is a petition for non-disclosure. Unlike expungements, petitions for non-disclosure can be issued for records relating to an arrest for which probation was performed. Thanks to a new Texas law enacted in September, 2017, certain prior convictions are now eligible for non-disclosure, even if a deferred adjudication was not completed.
Petitions for non-disclosure do not apply to law enforcement agencies or to the courts, however, and the offense may still be used against you if arrested in the future. Petitions for non-disclosure and expungements are alike in that private entities like employers are restricted from viewing records subject to the order. Call an experienced expungement lawyer at Mercer & Keirnan Criminal Attorneys to find out how to clear your record.
How Long does Expungement Take in Texas
Many of our expungement clients want to know how long it takes to expunge records in Texas. As an experienced Houston expungement lawyer, defense attorney Michael Mercer has filed hundreds of petitions for expunction in Texas. He is intimately familiar with the expunction/expungement process, specifically in Houston and Harris County. Typically, the expungement process in Texas takes between 60-90 days, and that's just the legal process. Once a judge signs the final expunction order, it takes additional time for that order to be circulated amongst the agencies who have the records so they can comply with the order and destroy the arrest records.
There are certain things you can do to make the process faster. There are also some things to avoid in the expungement process that could waste time. Hiring an experienced Houston expungement attorney is the best way to ensure your criminal records are expunged quickly and thoroughly. Call 713-236-9700 now to speak directly with a Mercer & Keirnan expunction lawyer and find out how fast your criminal records can be expunged in Texas.