Harris County Expunction Lawyer James Sullivan helps people get their criminal records expunged so that they can find work, go to college or join the military. The process of criminal record expungement 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 expungement 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:
- you were found not guilty at trial,
- a grand jury no bills (dismisses) your felony case,
- the prosecutor drops charges before going to trial,
- a judge dismissed your case before going to trial,
- your conviction was overturned on appeal and
- your case was dismissed after successfully completing a Pretrial Diversion program.
Houston Expunction and Non-Disclosure Differences
Expungement is much 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. Expungement wipes those criminal records clean. That means that if the police pull you over for a traffic violation, then they will not know about your prior criminal record and therefore will not treat you differently.
If you are being negatively affected by criminal records, your best option may be expungement. You can call the law offices of Jim Sullivan for a free consultation to discuss your criminal case and explain the legal process. Houston criminal defense attorney James Sullivan has practiced Texas criminal law as a defense lawyer since 1994. He will evaluate your case, and if you qualify for an expungement, he will fight hard to clear your good name.
Why Pre-Trial Diversion?
A Pre-Trial 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, your charges are dismissed and you may then file to have the charges expunged from your record, although some diversion contracts require a two year waiting period before seeking an expunction.
Houston expungement 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, contact Attorney James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a free confidential consultation.