Expunction Of A Criminal Record

Need A Clean Break? It Might Be Possible.

Arrest records and criminal convictions can haunt people long after they ever set foot in a police car or courtroom. If you have an arrest or conviction record, you very well have experienced any or all of the following:

  • Difficulty getting a better job
  • Roadblocks obtaining a professional license
  • Challenges getting housing or loans
  • Denial of admission to college, graduate or trade schools

Why should something that happened to you years, possibly decades, ago still be keeping you from living a fully free life? The answer is: It may not have to.

The Law Office of Thomas J. Lochry, P.C., is a Dallas-based criminal defense firm dedicated to protecting the rights of people throughout the Metroplex. The firm's experienced attorneys know that representing people while they face active criminal charges is only half the battle; it's just as important to help clients navigate the legal system in the months and years afterward. If you or your loved one continues to feel the ripple effect of an arrest or conviction, turn to a legal team that believes you deserve a second chance.

Learn If You Qualify For An Expunction Or Nondisclosure In Texas

State law identifies several situations where it may be possible to obtain an expunction (also sometimes called an expungement) of an arrest or criminal record. Among them are:

  • Arrests for crimes that do not result in formal criminal charges
  • Filed criminal charges that are later dismissed
  • Criminal charges that end in an acquittal, or convictions that are overturned by an appeals court
  • Certain misdemeanor juvenile offenses
  • Certain Class C misdemeanors
  • Certain TABC violations

Expunction is a powerful legal tool; in the eyes of the law (and therefore everyone else) it returns you to the position you were in before you were ever arrested on the charges in question. It can mean removing the final barrier on living your life free from the effects of the criminal justice system — in effect, giving you the new beginning you deserve.

Even if your case does not qualify for expunction, the firm's attorneys can determine if it does qualify for a nondisclosure order, which seals criminal records for all but select law enforcement agencies.

To schedule a consultation and discuss the details of your case with a lawyer, complete the online contact form or call 214-748-6041.