Expungement Lawyers in Pearland Helping You Seal or Expunge Criminal RecordsHaving any type of criminal record can affect your ability to find a job, apply to college, or even find housing. Anyone who runs a background check on you can find a conviction on your record, which may lead to unfair discrimination. Fortunately, by sealing or expunging your records, you can wipe your slate clean and start fresh without the fear of judgment from others. Although expungement is an option for some people, not everyone is eligible or can apply. That’s why it’s essential to consult with an expungement attorney before going through the process. At The Kahn Law Firm, P.C., our team would be happy to review your case and provide information on whether expungement is right for you. Call us today at 713-999-6549.
What is Expungement?Expungement is the process of destroying your criminal record so it’s like it never existed. After an expungement is granted, no member of the public will ever be able to look up your criminal record or see what crime was committed. Your name will be removed from arrest records, so it’s like the conviction and any penalties you served did not happen. Record sealing is another option with a similar process. During record sealing, your criminal record will be “sealed” or hidden from the public. Although members of the public cannot access your records, certain government agencies and law enforcement officers will be able to look up the records themselves. However, college administrators, landlords, and hiring managers cannot look up your records after they are sealed.
Who is Eligible for Expungement?Expungement is an excellent option for those who have committed low-level felonies or misdemeanors. Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for expungement. You may be eligible for expungement if you meet the following requirements:
- Three years have passed from the date you completed parole, probation, or a sentence for misdemeanors
- Seven years have passed from the date you completed parole, probation, or a sentence for felonies
- You were convicted of a crime that was non-violent and non-sexual
- There are no current pending criminal charges against you
- You were not found guilty of any other charges since your previous conviction
- You have completed all the obligations of your conviction, including paying fines or completing community service
- You are not a threat to public safety or the community