What Charges Can Be Removed From My Criminal Record?

Here is a basic summary of what arrests in Texas can and cannot come off a criminal record:

You may be eligible for Expunction (completely erasing a Texas arrest) if:

  • The charges were dismissed without any punishment
  • You were found not guilty after a trial
  • You received a pardon from the governor
  • You completed deferred adjudication on a Class C misdemeanor. Some examples of Class C misdemeanors are public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. They are usually charged in municipal court.

You may be eligible for Non-Disclosure (sealing of your record) if:

  • You completed deferred adjudication on certain Class A or Class B misdemeanors or
  • You completed deferred adjudication for certain felonies and five years has elapsed.

Note: both Expunction and Non-Disclosure have other requirements. See my Clearing Records page for more information.

What CANNOT come off your criminal history:

  • You received jail time as a punishment. Example: you were arrested for criminal mischief and received 10 days in jail.
  • You received credit for time served as your punishment. Example: you were arrested for assault and accepted as your punishment credit for the time you served in jail before making a plea.
  • You paid a fine as your punishment. Example: you were arrested for Class C theft and you paid a $500 fine as your punishment.
  • You received straight probation as punishment. Example: you were charged with a DWI and received six months in jail probated for one year.
  • You received prison time as your punishment

I Can Help

For questions related to your specific criminal record, Contact Me at (713) 487-7575.