Texas Expungement – Texas Expunction
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What is an expungement or expunction in Texas?
An expunction of criminal records (also called an expungement) is defined in Chapter 55 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.
If your charge is expunged, all records of the arrest, case and criminal charges are gone, done, and destroyed. Once an offense is expunged, all information is removed and the person can deny that the incident ever occurred.
Please keep in mind, that not all offenses are eligible for an expungement.
How much does an expungement or expunction cost in Texas?
The fee varies based on the county, as each county charges a different amount. At the end of the day, the expungement fees alone come out to between $350-$500. This is just an estimate and every county is different. On top of the county fees, a defense attorney can also charge anywhere from $750-$1500 depending on the facts. It is important to hire a lawyer because if the expungement or expunction is not done properly, then the fees paid to the county may end up being a waste. Our firm at Matthew Pillado LLC has payment plan options so you can hire an experienced and aggressive expungement lawyer on your budget.
What types of records are eligible for expunction?
- If a person was arrested for a crime but was never charged
- A criminal charge that was dismissed
- Some misdemeanor juvenile offenses
- Conviction for a crime that was later acquired by the trial court or the Criminal Court of Appeals
- Conviction for a crime that was later pardoned by the Governor of Texas
What is the difference between an expunction and a non-disclosure in Texas?
An expunction gets rid of the entire record while a non-disclosure only keeps records from being accessed by certain private parties. In a non-disclosure, the records remain available to government entities and may be admissible in certain court actions.