Those who have been arrested for certain crimes may not realize exactly
how it might affect their future. People in this scenario may have difficulty
obtaining housing, applying for college or qualifying for a loan. This
can occur even when a person is found not guilty of the crime they were
accused of committing, as the arrest itself may still show up on a background
check. It can turn a person’s world upside down and create
legal problems that may not be easily managed. Some Texas residents may be able to have
their criminal record expunged or petition for nondisclosure, and here
at the Law Offices of Ruben Ortiz, we can assist those who wish to pursue
one of these processes and get their lives back on track.
Expunction means that the crime will be removed from one’s record.
It will be as though the arrest never occurred in the first place —
even law enforcement or judges will not know about the matter. This typically
applies to those who had their cases dismissed or who were found not guilty
through the judicial process. If you have questions about whether you
qualify for expunction, we can assist you.
Nondisclosure does not remove the arrest or conviction from one’s
record, but it seals the record from the general public. Arrest and conviction
records are available to the public, meaning potential employers could
see it on a background check, as well as others who may have cause to
examine a person’s public history. If a petition for nondisclosure
is accepted, this prevents that from happening. It is generally applicable
to those who have completed probation successfully and any other requirements
that were made with the original sentence.
Here at the Law Offices of Ruben Ortiz, we can answer questions for those
experiencing legal problems related to their past criminal history. Our
expunction of criminal records may prove to be a beneficial resource as well. Texas residents deserve
a second chance in many cases, and we are committed to helping them.