When you have been convicted of a crime, there are worries that go along with having the crime on both your record and in the public. Your criminal record is later widely available to potential employers, to those who are able to grant you a professional license, and to landlords who may rent you an apartment or a house. If you were not aware of this fact, you might be shocked to know this information, but it is true.
Just having a felony or other crime on your record can affect you for the rest of your life, and can even hurt your personal reputation and prevent you from having a good relationship or marriage. In this case, though, if you have a criminal record, you may be eligible for expunction or sealing of the record…
To determine whether or not this can be done, it is wise to consult with the legal professionals at The Law Offices of James Gill, PLLC of Austin, Texas. Our experienced attorneys can help you get record expunction that can change your life, and give you back the hard-earned reputation of integrity that you deserve.
The Difference Between Expunction and Sealing
Although people sometimes think of these two procedures as being the same, record expunction and record sealing are two different things. Record expunction, sometimes called expungement, is the total removal of your criminal record from everyone and anyone’s eyes. Even with a court order, no one may view your record, and you may legally withhold it under any and all circumstances. In other words, it’s gone.
With record sealing, law enforcement and licensing agencies still have access to sealed records, thus previous criminal charges that were sealed can still be used against you in court proceedings or by licensing agencies. However, with a sealed record, most employers and housing entities will not be able to see anything once your record is sealed.
Who is Eligible for Expunction?
The laws that state who are eligible for an expunction of a criminal record vary from state to state. Just so that you know, any criminal case including felonies or other serious crimes are eligible for expunction if you are found not guilty or receive an outright dismissal.
To get a record expunction, it helps to have a clean record since the date of the last crime. The passage of time helps, too, and the more time that has passed since the alleged crime was committed, the more likely it is that the expunction will be granted. Misdemeanors and felonies have different waiting periods before they are eligible for an expungement.
An expert criminal defense attorney like one from The Law Offices of James Gill, PLLC can help you figure out which option may work for you. And you will want to call sooner than later to find out which of these options will apply directly in your case right now.
Call to Schedule a Consultation with an Expunction and Record Sealing Attorney Today
If you have a crime on your record and want to see if expunction or record sealing is possible, call to schedule a consultation with an expunction and record sealing attorney today. The legal professionals at The Law Offices of James Gill, PLLC will use their expertise to fight for your rights. Call us at 512-448-4560 and let us answer any questions you may have about expunction and record sealing.