Expunctions & Nondisclosure Orders


Clearing Criminal Records in Texas

Don’t let a past criminal problem hinder your ability to obtain employment, housing or any other important right. Expunctions and petitions for nondisclosure can be exactly the opportunity you need to clear your criminal record. At the law firm of Shellist Peebles McAlister LLP, the attorneys use their skills as former Harris County prosecutors on your behalf in expunction and record sealing matters.

There are many different avenues available to keep a past criminal charge off your record. These are complex issues that an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you understand. Expunctions were created as a method of allowing a person who was wrongfully arrested or accused of a crime to remove all traces of that arrest from the state’s records. However, not everyone has the right to petition the court to remove a stain from a criminal record. And while it may appear to be a simple process, the process can be somewhat convoluted and intimidating to those who are not familiar with the expunction procedures. To find out if you are eligible for an expunction in your situation, speak to an experienced legal team of lawyers at Shellist Peebles McAlister LLP.

A person who has successfully completed a deferred adjudication on a misdemeanor or a felony may not be eligible for an expunction; however, there is still a remedy available to restrict the disclosure of those records to anyone outside of law enforcement. If you have successfully completed a deferred adjudication, contact the legal team of lawyers at Shellist Peebles McAlister LLP to pursue your rights to a Petition for Non-Disclosure.

Additionally, someone who has had interactions with the juvenile system most likely will have a right to seal his or her records at some point.In order to do so, a motion must be filed with the court.

Expunction – A legal process allowing you to erase your entire criminal record or a particular criminal charge from your record.

Petitions for Non-Disclosure – A process, not as complete as expunction, available to people seeking to seal their record from public view.

Sealing of Juvenile Records – A process to clear up any prior interactions with the juvenile justice system.

At Shellist Peebles McAlister LLP, the attorneys use a legal team approach in every case they handle. They have found that is better to have the talents of three experienced criminal defense attorneys working together on criminal matters than having a solo attorney working independently.

When a past criminal arrest or prosecution is hindering your options today, find out the ways available to clear your record. Whether an offense occurred as a juvenile or as an adult, we can help you determine your options. Getting your case dismissed, no-billed or even acquitted is only half the battle. There is no reason to leave an unnecessary record of your interaction with the with the criminal justice system.

Sit down with a talented and accomplished expunctions lawyer to learn more about how an expunction, petition for non-disclosure, or sealing of juvenile records can clear your name. Contact the firm today for a free consultation about your case.