Many law firms, including us here at D&N Law Group, are specialists in appeals and expungements for clients. You may understand what an appeal is, but what about an expungement? Well, this is a legal term generally applied to those with a criminal history, whether one offense or several. Essentially, it involves sealing your criminal past so that it is nearly impossible for anyone to learn about conviction. As a result, your conviction, such as with a DUI, won’t show up in a background check. This can help people move on in life, get a job, find a new place to live, and start building their reputation again without the cloud of their record hanging over them.
However, a sealed conviction can be unsealed if you face yet another criminal charge filed against you in the future. So, it’s not an end-all-and-be-all ticket to commit future crimes! That said, if you have ever been arrested, you know the effects can be far-reaching, even if charges were dropped. Gaining employment, housing, loans and more can be much more difficult, if not impossible, when you have a record.
Expungements are most often seen in DUI charges, but can be used in a variety of criminal offenses, such as theft, fraud, firearm offenses, drug crimes, arson and juvenile crimes. Many people seek expungements to free themselves from societal oppression and the stigma that is attached to their crime. In addition to expungements, there are also post-conviction and other criminal appeals you can explore if you have been accused of or convicted of a crime. Post-conviction appeals can be complicated, which is why you should always have an experienced criminal attorney on your side. Despite the possibility of getting an expungement, being accused of a criminal offense is a very serious situation and should not be taken lightly.

When It’s Not an Option

Not all states and counties allow expungements for arrests and criminal convictions. Depending on the jurisdiction in which the arrest or conviction took place, expungement:

  • May not be available at all.
  • May be available for arrests, however, not for convictions.
  • May be allowed only for particular criminal convictions.
  • May be an option only for those convictions happening while the person was a juvenile.
  • May be allowed only after a person is acquitted and charges are dismissed.
  • May be an option only after a criminal conviction has been reversed.

Even those jurisdictions that indeed offer expungement of criminal records, each one has its own specific guidelines that must be met. Sometimes, the prosecutor’s office must approve an expungement request. Other times, the offender has to wait a certain period of time prior to expungement application. Any of these can delay or obstruct the process of expungement — yet another reason you need an attorney by your side.

Contact D&N Law Group in Irving TX

To talk to someone about expungement in your criminal case, please contact us here at D&N Law Group for a free consultation today. Whether you can expunge or seal your criminal records will depend greatly on the laws of your jurisdiction, or the place in which you were arrested or convicted. Expungement is indeed a powerful tool that can pose many advantages for you to reclaim your life, so please don’t hesitate to call us to discuss your case.