Everyone does stupid stuff when they're young. It's all part of growing up; some things you just have to learn the hard way. Fortunately, most of us are able to put those things behind us. However, if you were unlucky enough to be arrested, you may have a record that you're going to carry with you the rest of your life. In some cases, even a ticket or citation can have consequences. The good news is, if you qualify, you may be able to petition for expunction or an order of nondisclosure to seal your record.
And it's not just young people who make stupid mistakes. Just because you're older doesn't mean you don't do stuff you may regret.
You may want to put it behind you and not even think about anymore, that's perfectly common. It's not until someone asks about it that you remember. By then it's too late.
9 Questions to Think About if You're Considering Not Filing for Expunction or Non-Disclousure in Texas
- What will it feel like if this keeps you from getting your next job?
- What options will you have if you cannot rent a home because of this issue?
- What will happen if you cannot get the credit you and your family need?
- If you own or want to purchase firearms, will this be allowed?
- Do you work in a school, or other industry that requires background checks? Do you want to?
- If you own firearms now, are you committing a felony by owning them?
- How could this affect an application for school, even an advanced degree?
- If you need a professional license or certificate, will these issues prevent that?
- If you’re called for jury service, will you be permitted to serve?
There are other situations where those questions may arise that you would never think of.
Fortunately, there is a way to clear your record so this doesn't become a problem. If the charges against you were dismissed or not pursued you may be eligible to expunge your record. If the charges were not dismissed you may still qualify for a different type of relief, which is called an Order of Non-Disclosure.
You Can Quickly Find Out if You Qualify to Have Your Record Sealed
If you want to know if you can seal your Texas arrest record, we have two resources to allow you to quickly find out.
If charges were dismissed or not filed, find out if you qualify for an expungement by going here and downloading our checklist.
We also have a checklist to determine if you are eligible for a non-disclosure, which you can download here.
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If you are interested in expunction or an order of non-disclosure and you'd like to find out if you qualify, fill out the contact form below or call 254-296-0020 for more information.