What Kinds of Cases Are Eligible for Expungement or Non Disclosure?
Eligibility has less to do with the original charge and more to do with how the case was resolved. Cases that have the most potential for eligibility include:
- Cases for which you successfully completed a Diversion Program
- Cases that were dismissed
- Cases for which you successfully completed deferred probation
- Misdemeanor cases, even final convictions, where there’s no other criminal history (can include DWI convictions)
Additionally, expungement and non-disclosure may be available in:
- Some cases where you received straight probation
- Some cases where you were convicted and served time
- Some felony cases
Can I Expunge or Non-Disclose a Felony?
Yes. In some cases, you can receive a felony expungement or non-disclosure. As stated above, your eligibility has more to do with how the case was resolved than the details of the original charge. How long will it take to obtain an expungement or non-disclosure?
It varies, depending upon the county, the district attorney’s office, and court processing. You should start the process sooner rather than later. Here’s why:
- Usually, the process takes about two months, but in some cases, it can take up to 12 months. Don’t wait until you’ve started the job search or university application.
- What you can expunge or non disclose today may not be eligible tomorrow. Even a minor criminal charge, such as a class c misdemeanor, can affect your current eligibility, so the opportunity to apply can be lost.
How Can I Find out If My Case Qualifies for Expungement or Non Disclosure?
Call us for a brief consultation. Within a five-minute phone call, we usually can tell you whether some or all of your criminal history can be cleared from your record. The first step is just making the phone call.
Why Madson Castello?
When the bill was sent to the texas house, seeking to expand opportunities for expungement and non-disclosure in 2016, we were the highest-ranking prosecutors in the Dallas DA’s office. We supported the bill and followed its progress through the legislative session. After years of experience as prosecutors and defense attorneys, we understand the process from every angle.
With more than 26 years of criminal experience as prosecutors and defense attorneys, Madson Castello can help.
Call today to find out if your criminal history could be partially or fully cleared. Don’t let a past mistake hinder your future. Texas law now wants to help you put it behind you. So do we.