Expunction of Criminal Records

Houston Expunction Lawyer James Sullivan helps people get their criminal records expunged so that they can get good jobs, go to college or join the military.

The process of criminal record expunction involves filing a civil lawsuit against agencies maintaining your criminal records.  The lawsuit seeks to clear your record of the state criminal charges listed in the lawsuit.  If the civil district court judge signs the expunction order, any agency which maintains your listed criminal record will be ordered to destroy it.  Note: A criminal record can only be ordered expunged in a few situations, including:

  1. You were found not guilty at trial,
  2. a grand jury no bills (dismisses) your felony case,
  3. the prosecutor drops charges before going to trial,
  4. a judge dismissed your case before going to trial,
  5. your conviction was overturned on appeal, and
  6. your case was dismissed after successfully completing a Pretrial Diversion program.

Expunction is better than non-disclosure (record sealing).  When a judge orders a criminal record to be non-disclosed (i.e. sealed), that means that your criminal record will not be accessible by the general public, however the criminal charges still remain on your record. Expunction wipes those criminal records clean.

If your criminal history is causing you trouble, your best option may be expunction.  Call the Law Office of James Sullivan for a free consultation to discuss your criminal case and explain the legal process.  Sullivan has worked as a criminal defense attorney since 1994.  He will evaluate your case, and if you qualify for an expunction, he will fight hard to clear your good name.

A Pretrial Diversion program can also help keep your record clean.  James Sullivan fights hard to make sure that participation in a pretrial diversion program is an option for almost all of his clients who are charged as first-time misdemeanor offenders.  When you successfully complete a diversion program, then your charges are dismissed and you can later file to have the charge expunged from your record.

Houston criminal lawyer James Sullivan represents clients in criminal courts throughout the state of Texas.  If you want an experienced criminal lawyer to protect your legal rights and safeguard your future, call Sullivan today at 281-546-6428.

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