Need Help Clearing Your Record?
The Martinez Law Firm Can Help!
Harris County, Texas law allows for individuals with certain types of criminal
records to legally state that they were never charged and convicted for
crimes that were previously on their record. Our attorneys at the Martinez
Law Firm handle the following types of record clearing:
Houston Expungement Attorney
Expunction is generally defined as a type of petition filed by an individual who
has a criminal record and desires that certain portions or the entirety
of that record become sealed. If your expungement petition is successful,
you can legally state that you were
never arrested for or convicted of the crime(s) that were previously on your record that have been expunged.
According to Article 55.01 of the Texas Code of
Art. 55.01. RIGHT TO EXPUNCTION. (a) A person who has been placed under
a custodial or noncustodial arrest for commission of either a felony or
misdemeanor is entitled to have all records and files relating to the
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has the right to deny any petition
for expunction. Denials should be made only when the petitioner does not
meet the criteria for expunction. Those criteria are as follows:
- If the person was tried, they must have also been acquitted, or convicted
and then pardoned
- If the person was charged but that charge did not ultimately result in
These two general requirements have more specific sub-requirements that
detail specific crimes, the role that probation could play and other pertinent
factors. To learn more about qualifying for expunction, please speak with
an attorney directly.
Motions for Non-Disclosure
Orders of non-disclosure are made available by
Texas Government Code § 411.081.
Sec. 411.081. Criminal History Record Information:
Notwithstanding any other provision of this subchapter, if a person is
placed on deferred adjudication community supervision under Section 5,
Article 42.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, subsequently receives a discharge
and dismissal under Section 5(c), Article 42.12, and satisfies the requirements
of Subsection (e), the person may petition the court that placed the defendant
on deferred adjudication for an order of nondisclosure under this subsection.
If you were convicted of a crime and you successfully completed a deferred
adjudication (plea bargain agreement in which punishment is deferred awaiting
the outcome of a probationary time period – if the individual successfully
completes this agreement, charges are then dismissed), you can petition
the courts to sign an order of non-disclosure. If your petition is successful,
deferred adjudication case results and details could be blocked from public access.
At the firm we have ample experience and have helped many clients clear
their criminal record and work towards a brighter future. Only certain
types of offenses can be expunged or subject to non-disclosure orders.
If you have questions about whether your criminal record can be cleared,
we can answer your
questions and get you started on the process if you are eligible.
Clear Your Record With the Help of Our Houston Criminal Attorneys!
With a felony or misdemeanor on your record available for future employers,
landlords or educational institutions to access at any time, you could
be facing certain inevitable hardships. Employers will often refuse to
hire convicted felons. The same could hold true for certain places of
residence and educational facilities. You don’t have to be subject
to different treatment and criminal discrimination.
Contact a Houston expungement lawyer today and let us begin working on your case!