Any time an individual has been convicted of a crime that conviction will be found on their criminal record. An arrest is usually listed, even if you are not convicted. The unfortunate part about that is even if your arrest, or conviction, occurred because of a horrible mistake you made or because you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, it still could have a detrimental impact on the rest of your life should your name be searched in a background check. In fact, having a criminal record can seriously hinder your ability to get certain jobs, buy a home, obtain a personal loan, enroll in higher education, and achieve specific certifications or other consequences.There is, however, a legal way to clear certain arrests and convictions from your criminal record. The process is called expunction and, under specific circumstances, Texas law will allow an individual to expunge, or permanently remove certain information pertaining to an arrest or conviction, from their permanent criminal record. Once your record has been expunged, you will no longer be legally required to list the conviction in a job questionnaire or other document. When you fill out an application or document which specifically asks if you have been arrested, or if you have a criminal record, you will be legally able to deny your record or arrest.
Some types of crimes which may be eligible for expunction include: an arrest for a crime that you were never officially charged with, a charge that was eventually dismissed, various misdemeanor juvenile offenses, a conviction for which you were acquitted and more. Of course, not everyone will qualify for expunction. That is why it is strongly advised that you contact a criminal defense attorney. Attorney Tylden Shaeffer can review your situation, determine whether or not you meet the qualifications for expunction, and advise you on the best course of action to pursue.
Due to his 25+ years’ experience in the field of criminal defense, Attorney Tylden Schaeffer understands the impact a criminal record has on your family, your life and your future. He also knows the benefits of having an arrest or conviction cleared off your criminal record. When you contact his office, he can investigate your criminal record and see if the offense meets the qualifications.
If you need legal assistance to clear your criminal record, contact a San Antonio criminal defense lawyer today.