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How a Criminal Defense Attorney Assists in Clearing Your Record

Mistakes happen daily, and in some cases, those mistakes may involve criminal charges. Having a criminal charge on your record may have severe ramifications on your future in numerous ways. Financial institutions, prospective employers, landlords, schools and even possible dates can easily get your record online and can make determinations and judgments about you based on what they find. You can have your record cleared in some instances, and it is advisable to contact an attorney to find out if you are eligible for nondisclosure or expunction of your record.

Expunction is erasing any wrong doing completely on your criminal record. If you’re qualified and are allowed expunction, everything involving your arrest record, fingerprints, booking photograph and DPS records are erased. Expunction is allowed in limited cases, but when it is allowed, the individual could deny that any arrest ever happened thus preventing any unwanted consequences that may affect them.

If you’re found guilty of a crime, and you also incur penalties, you will most probably be ineligible to have your record cleared. An experienced attorney may be able to clear your record if circumstances exist like being found not guilty after the case went to trial or if the charges against you were dropped or they are listed as “no-billed. No billed means that the case didn’t go to a criminal trial, so it’s like the case being dismissed. In case you were held, but the case was not filed, you might also qualify to have your record cleared.
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At times an individual is a victim of identity theft and the person committing the crime uses their name instead of their information. Identity theft victims can qualify to have their record expunged as they did not commit the said crime.
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Once a person has completed a deferred adjudication program also referred to as probation, they may not be eligible for expunction rather; they may be qualified to get a nondisclosure order. This takes place when the person meets the probation requirements, and they get a dismissal and discharge of their deferred adjudication. In case a nondisclosure order is issued, and the records are not completely erased but rather removed from the public record and are not accessible to specific private parties, some government agencies can still access the files but some private parties cannot.

The best way to deal with the complicated world of non-disclosures and expunction is to employ a criminal defense attorney who has the experience and knowledge to do the process in the right manner. From start to finish, the process can take several months, therefore employing an attorney to assist you immediately is the best way to get your record cleared as quickly as possible.