Texas Criminal Attorney to Process Expunction or Sealing of Criminal Records

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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In the last few years, the frequency of criminal background checks has exploded. The growth is a result of security concerns over terrorism, corporate worries about employee liability, and the easy availability of information on the internet.

In today’s world criminal background checks are common when applying for jobs, loans, schools, housing, loans, grants, special licenses, security clearances, promotions, etc. In fact, the law actually allows companies to deny you a job based solely on the reason that you were arrested. This, of course, applies to those who were convicted too, no matter the offense or the circumstances. Companies can fire you at any moment without any prior notice if they find out that you have a conviction.

Additionally, almost all professional certifications require a background history check prior to being issued. Also, it is very likely that if you want to adopt a child your criminal record will be taken into consideration, as it will when you apply for an apartment. And all the youth volunteer jobs (coaching or training) require a clean criminal record as well as college admissions boards.

To put it bluntly a rap sheet (criminal record) can serve as a roadblock for a person with a criminal record trying to re-integrate into the workforce.

Contrary to what most people think, records are not cleared automatically with the passing of time. If you have a criminal record, it will show that you were arrested and charged with a crime, even though your case was dismissed or you were found not guilty.

There is a lot at stake. Sealing or having your criminal record destroyed is something that should be done for anyone who qualifies, even for a minor history of arrest or conviction. The expunction process in Texas is largely procedural, making sure that all of the paperwork is in order. Sealing records require very careful attention to detail. If the paperwork is not filled out properly, it is possible that the expunction or non-disclosure will not go through on the first attempt, or at all. An experienced criminal attorney will know the best methods for successfully and effectively getting all of this done, and getting the judge to sign the order granting an expunction or non-disclosure order (sealing). And time matters. Remember, a criminal record could impede your career, your liberties, and your reputation.

For more articles on the Texas expunction process, click on the following:

Overview of Texas Criminal Expunction and Record Sealing

Clearing Your Adult Criminal Record (Expunction) in Texas

Process for Expunging Adult Criminal Arrest Records in Texas

Sealing Adult Criminal Records in Texas: Nondisclosure Orders

Process for Sealing Adult Criminal Records in Texas: Nondisclosure Order

Sealing or Expunging Juvenile Criminal Records in Texas

Process for Sealing or Expunging Juvenile Records in Texas

Automatic Restriction of Access to Juvenile Criminal Records in Texas

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