This post concludes and recaps my series on sealing or expunging a criminal record for residents of Austin, Texas. I decided to write on this topic because many Texans may be eligible to have their criminal records expunged but may not even be aware of it. The goal of my recent posts has been to provide helpful information to those interested in sealing or expunging their record. If you require assistance with this matter, contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:
- The benefits of sealing or having your record sealed
- Potential eligibility to clear a record
- The record sealing or expunction process
- The benefits of retaining an attorney to assist you with the process
It is important for residents of our community to have an understanding of these topics for a number of reasons. First, there are many benefits to having your criminal record sealed. Those who are looking to obtain new or better employment will particularly find expungement helpful. Also, many people may not grasp the extent to which a criminal record can have a negative effect on one’s life. Second, one may be eligible for expunction or record sealing depending upon the circumstances of their case. It is common for people to simply assume that their criminal record is permanent and cannot be erased. This is not always the case. Third, it is imperative that one has an understanding of the actual process involved in these matters. One will have to certain paperwork and provide specific information before obtaining a court order for expunction. Lastly, the benefits of retaining counsel to assist with this process are innumerable. There is a great chance that an individual that decides to go through the record sealing process alone will make an error. This can be a costly mistake that wastes not only money but time. Hiring a lawyer will help ensure that the process is completed correctly the first time.
If you have questions about record sealing or expunction, contact my office today. In addition to Austin, I also serve the cities of Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, and San Marcos, Texas.