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Were you arrested, but never charged with a crime?

Were you charged with a crime and your case was dismissed?

Were you found Not Guilty at trial?

Are you a victim of identify theft?

     These are questions that you need to ask, in order to determine if you qualify for an expunction.

     There are 3 major types of expunctions in Texas. Each type of expunction has it's own set of rules that determine whether or not you qualify. Read below for more information on each type.

1 .Acquittals and Pardons

     A person is eligible for an expunction if he proceeded to trial, and was found not guilty by the trial judge or a jury. A party may also qualify for this type of expunction if he was acquitted or pardoned by a court of appeals or the Court of Criminal Appeals.

2. Dismissals and No-Bills

     This is one of the most common types of expunctions. If you were arrested for a crime, but never formally charged, this is the expunction for you. This type of expunction also applies to cases where a felony offense was later no-billed, where any offense, was reduced to a Class C misdemeanor, and the party successfully completed deferred adjudication probation, or where a case was outright dismissed.

     Under this type of expunction, a person normally must wait until a waiting period has passed before he is able to file for an expunction.The required waiting period varies, depending on the alleged offense.

3. Identify theft

     Identity theft is a growing problem throughout the United States. Several states, including Texas, have enacted laws to accommodate the victims. A person qualifies under this type of expunction if his information was falsely given by the arrested person, without consent, and the only reason the information is in the record is that the arrested person, falsely provided it.

     Still have questions? Give us a call, or use our new interactive, Clear Your Record page to see if you qualify to have your arrest expunged.

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