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Expunctions and Non-disclosures

Helping you get a fresh start

Does your stomach sink each time you fill out an application because you know you will have to answer questions concerning criminal convictions? At The Law Offices of Anthony Simpson, Esq., attorney Anthony Simpson is here to help you lessen the negative repercussions of having a criminal record. He is a dedicated advocate with the skills necessary to assist clients interested in building a future that is free of the stigma that comes with having committed a crime.

Attorney Anthony Simpson has helped hundreds of clients have criminal convictions expunged from their records. He has a thorough understanding of Texas criminal laws and the inner workings of local, state and federal area courts, and he uses his knowledge of the criminal justice system to your advantage.


What does expunging a record do?

A criminal conviction is permanently erased when a record is expunged. If you were convicted of a crime but have since had your record expunged, even the physical records of your conviction are destroyed. You are allowed to say that you were not arrested, charged or accused of committing a crime. However, you should speak to a lawyer if your record was expunged and you are considering applying for a professional license or running for office. Some rules still require you to disclose such information.


Eligibility for expunction

Texas law allows expunctions in limited circumstances. According to the State Bar of Texas, the records that are eligible for expunction include:

  •     A criminal charge that was ultimately dismissed
  •     An arrest for a crime that was never charged
  •     Conviction for a minor for certain alcohol offenses


Even if you have a record that is eligible, you may not qualify to receive an expunction. Consult an attorney to determine if you are eligible for expunction and to file the necessary paperwork.

Texas has specific waiting-period requirements that say you cannot petition for an expunction until a certain period of time has passed. These periods are:

  •     180 days for a Class C misdemeanor
  •     1 year for Class A & B misdemeanors
  •     3 years for felonies
  •     File any time after a state attorney certifies that your files are no longer needed for any subsequent criminal prosecution
  •     If the limitation’s period has expired


What’s the difference between an expunction and an order of non-disclosure?

An expungement order means that all references and records of your case are destroyed from public records, as if the crime never happened. If you are ineligible for expunction, you may still have the option to file a petition for non-disclosure. Non-disclosures allow law enforcement and government agencies to have access to your full criminal background but employers, private institutions, lenders and the public do not.

Contact a Fort Worth criminal defense lawyer who gets results

For your free consultation, call The Law Offices of Anthony Simpson, Esq. at (817) 886-0958 or contact Anthony online. Recently, I have been able to get charges dismissed, investigations closed without charges, and offers from the District Attorney significantly reduced. Although I cannot guarantee that I can get you the same result, I can guarantee I will put all of my experience and knowledge to work for you.

Fort Worth Expunctions Lawyer with the Resources To Make a Difference

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