What Is an Expungement?
Brian T. Powers, Attorney at Law


3011 Nacogdoches Road, Building 1, San Antonio, TX 78217

3011 Nacogdoches Road, Building 1
San Antonio, TX 78217

What Is an Expungement?

San Antonio Expungement Attorney

San Antonio, Texas Expunction Lawyer

To many people, the word "expungement" sounds formal and unclear. It appears as lawyer-speak for some vague concept of the law. In reality, though, its meaning is not very complicated. If you have ever been arrested or faced criminal charges, expungement could provide you the path to a fresh start.

What Is an Expungement?

Also referred to as expunction, expungement is the complete removal of an arrest and subsequent charges from your record. While the process can be fairly tedious and time-consuming, the idea is simple. If you qualify for an expungement, you can move forward with your life, free from the burden of the past.

In the State of Texas, expungement is handled on a case-by-case basis. Each offense on your record, if applicable, needs to be looked at individually to determine if it can be expunged. If you were arrested but never convicted, the offense might be eligible for expunction. Certain juvenile offenses, including alcohol-related crimes, failure to attend school, and others are also eligible, even if you were convicted. Finally, if you were convicted of a crime but subsequently exonerated or pardoned, expungement might be possible.

Why Does Expungement Matter?

There are many reasons that another person might be interested in conducting a criminal background check on you. Employers are the most common, but you might also be subject to a background check if you want to volunteer at your childs school, for example, or participate in other child-related activities. Your criminal record could even cause you problems in finding affordable housing or getting into the college of your choice.

If you qualify for expungement, whoever, you could increase the opportunities available to you. Once an offense has been expunged, you will no longer be required to disclose that you were ever arrested for it—not on a job application, rental application, or college application.

Where Do I Start?

You can take the first steps on the road toward a brighter future by simply filling out our online form. We'll take it from there. Our team will review your submitted information and verify whether you are eligible for the expunction process. If you are not, we can help you explore other options, including Orders of Nondisclosure, which are similar to expungement orders but not quite as effective. If you are eligible for expunction, we will let you know and start preparing the necessary paperwork. In most cases, we can finalize the process without you ever setting foot inside our office.

Whatever you have been charged with in the past, you have been through enough. It is time to look toward the future. Let Clear My Record San Antonio help you get the fresh start you deserve. Use our online contact form or call us at 210-817-7001 to learn more. Once you have contacted us, we will put together your information at no cost and schedule a free evaluation to go over your expungement proceedings.

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