Bell County Expunctions & Non-Disclosures Attorney
Whether you chalk it up to a mistake or error in judgment, a criminal conviction can have serious consequences for your future. Even after you serve your sentence, there can be implications for employment, professional licenses, your finances, and many other areas of your life when you have a criminal history. Fortunately, Texas affords you with a right to expunction, sometimes referred to as expungement. Plus, if you do not qualify to expunge, you might be eligible for another form of post-conviction relief through an order for non-disclosure of your criminal records.
It is a relief to know that there are options for addressing prior criminal cases, but the process for expunction and non-disclosure is extremely complicated. You only get one chance to get it right, so trust The Law Office of Katie L. Gomez, PLLC to tackle the challenges and guide you through the proceedings. Please contact our firm to schedule a no-cost consultation with a Bell County expunctions & non-disclosures attorney, though a legal summary may also be helpful.
Post-Conviction Relief Options in Texas
Expungement is a powerful remedy that essentially deletes all records of a criminal case for most purposes. The information will not appear in a background check, and you will not be required to disclose it when requested to provide details about prior convictions. However, it is only available under very limited conditions. You are eligible for expunction if:
- You were acquitted after an arrest;
- You were convicted at trial, but later found innocent through an appeal;
- You received a pardon after a conviction;
- You were arrested but no formal charges were filed; or
- You were convicted under the Unlawful Carrying Weapons (UCW) statute before September 1, 2021.
If you do not qualify to expunge your records, you might consider requesting an order of non-disclosure. The information remains on file for official purposes, but the non-disclosure prohibits police and courts from making it public.
Legal Help with the Process
There are waiting times that may apply, but you can seek an expunction or non-disclosure by completing forms and filing them with the court. However, the process for post-conviction relief is strict and exacting. Errors and omissions related to the procedural rules or other requirements will lead to a dismissal of your petition. You avoid hassles, delays, and a potential denial when you retain a Bell County post-conviction relief lawyer for help with expungement and non-disclosure.
The Law Office of Katie L. Gomez, PLLC will support you throughout the process, assisting with such tasks as:
- Gathering all information related to your prior case;
- Completing the paperwork and submitting documentation in support of an expunction or non-disclosure petition; and
- Representing you in court for hearings on your petition.
Our Bell County Expunctions and Non-Disclosures Attorneys are Prepared to Assist
This overview should convince you that solid legal representation is critical when seeking different forms of post-conviction relief. To learn how our team can help, please contact The Law Office of Katie L. Gomez, PLLC in Temple, TX. You can set up a free consultation with a Bell County expungement and non-disclosures lawyer by calling 254-330-3214 or visiting us online.