What is the Difference Between Expungement and Sealing an Arrest?
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 the Difference Between Expungement and Sealing an Arrest?

Texas Record Clearing Lawyer

San Antonio, Texas Expunction Lawyer

No matter how petty it may have seemed at the time, if you have ever been arrested, the record of your arrest and prosecution almost certainly still exists somewhere. If the charges against you were dropped or never filed, you may have assumed that law enforcement and the courts wiped the arrest from your history. Unfortunately, that assumption may be wrong. Unless you take definitive action, your arrest record will remain on your background check forever. At Clear My Record San Antonio, we are ready to help you do so and get the fresh start you deserve.

Expungements and Record Sealing in South Texas

The most complete way to clear an arrest record is called expungement, sometimes known as expunction. An expungement means that all traces of your arrest and prosecution are completely destroyed, including files maintained by the courts, police, and other law enforcement agencies. Background checks run by potential employers, landlords, or schools will no longer show that you were ever arrested, and you will not be required to tell them.

The nature of expungement means that not everyone with an arrest history will qualify to have their records cleared. Your eligibility will depend on the offense you were arrested for, whether or not you were convicted or received deferred adjudication, and the status of your case since your arrest.

If you were charged with a crime other than a Class C misdemeanor and received deferred adjudication, you will not qualify for expungement. You may, however, be eligible for an Order of Nondisclosure which can effectively seal your arrest record from most private background checks. When nondisclosure is granted, you will no longer need to admit that you were arrested on employment or rental applications. Only select law enforcement agencies and those with public safety interests will be able to see your arrest record, and they will be limited regarding how they can use the information.

Check Your Eligibility Today

We have helped many residents of South Texas through the process of expungement or record sealing, and we are ready to go to work for you. Our team realizes that you are busy and that fighting the Texas justice system again does not sound very appealing. That's why we make it simple; all you need to do is fill out our online form, click "submit," and we will get started. We will verify your eligibility for expunction or nondisclosure and contact you with the results. Once you decide to hire us, we will handle all of the details. In most cases, we can complete your expungement or nondisclosure without you even having to come to our office.

For more information about removing or sealing an arrest record, contact the office of Clear My Record San Antonio. From our office in San Antonio, we are proud to help clients throughout Bexar County, Atascosa County, Karnes County, Wilson County, and Frio County. Call 210-817-7001 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced expungement lawyer today.

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