Texas Expungement / Expunction Lawyer James Sullivan helps people get their criminal records expunged so that they can get good jobs, go to good colleges 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.
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 driving 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 lawyers at James Sullivan and Associates for a free consultation to discuss your criminal case and explain the legal process. Houston Criminal Attorney James Sullivan has over 30 years of experience practicing Texas criminal law as a defense lawyer. He will evaluate your case, and if you qualify for an expungement, he will fight hard to clear your name.
A Pretrial 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, then your charges are dismissed and after two more years you can file to have the charge expunged from your record.
Houston expunction / expungement lawyer James Sullivan represents clients in criminal courts in Harris County and Fort Bend County.
If you want experienced an criminal lawyer to protect your legal rights and safeguard your future, you can call attorney James Sullivan at (281) 546-6428.
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Our Houston criminal lawyers defend clients charged with crimes in district courts and county criminal courts, including domestic violence (assault of a family member), drug possession or drug delivery, violent crimes, and juvenile delinquency.