Having a tarnished criminal record following you around can significantly impact your reputation, housing opportunities, and earning ability. Many employers do not want to hire people arrested for crimes in San Antonio, so people with criminal records are often forced into unsafe housing or to settle for dead-end jobs to put food on the table.
If you have a criminal record that you just can’t seem to escape, San Antonio expungement lawyer Sophia C. Martinez may be able to help set you free. As a former Assistant District Attorney, criminal defense attorney Sophia Martinez has considerable experience handling expunctions and non-disclosures in Texas. She will thoroughly analyze the facts of your case and provide you with legal options to help get your life moving forward again.
Could You Benefit From Having a Criminal Record Expunged in San Antonio, Texas?
Although we would like to believe that “the past is the past” and that as time goes on, our current actions will make up for our former behavior, this is not always the case. Unfortunately, mistakes that we made long ago can continue to follow us for the rest of our lives, forever affecting our ways of life.
Sealing or expunging your criminal record is one of the best ways to move on from a low point in your life. The act of sealing or expunging your record will limit or block the public’s access to your criminal record and allow you to legally dodge having to disclose your criminal history. Expunging a criminal record in Texas can be a tedious and challenging process, but Attorney Martinez will serve as your legal counsel throughout your expunction or non-disclosure process.
What Can Be Sealed or Expunged from Your Criminal Record in Texas?
Unfortunately, there are particular criminal records that do not qualify for expunction in San Antonio. They include:
- Arrests that resulted in a guilty conviction (except in special circumstances)
- Arrests that resulted in probation or community supervision (excluding Class C Misdemeanors)
- Criminal charges that were dismissed but are still within the statute of limitations
Criminal records that are eligible for expunction include:
- Arrests where your name is accidentally recorded
- Criminal charges that resulted in an acquittal or not guilty verdict
- Offenses for which you have completed pretrial diversion
- Criminal charges that were dismissed
- Arrests in which you were released without being charged
- Arrests that resulted in a conviction, but the conviction was eventually overturned
If your criminal record does not qualify for expunction, you may benefit from having your records sealed. A non-disclosure may not erase your record, but it can shield your record from public view. Law enforcement officials, the District Attorney and other non-profit organizations will still have the ability to see these criminal records in the event of a criminal investigation but it will be hidden from background checks, potential employers, and nosey friends.
Hire an Experienced Expunction and Non-Disclosure Lawyer in San Antonio, Texas
If you have ever wished that your criminal record could be wiped clean, Sophia Martinez Law can help you obtain an expunction or non-disclosure. There will likely be legal hurdles to overcome for your expunction or non-disclosure to succeed, but Attorney Martinez will be with you every step of the way.
Attorney Sophia C. Martinez has over 25 years of experience practicing criminal law in Texas and will personally handle your case and ensure that your expungement or non-disclosure process runs smoothly. She will personally make sure that all of your paperwork is filed appropriately and timely so that you can get your life back on track as soon as possible.
Begin discussing your options for expunction or non-disclosure of your criminal record with Attorney Martinez today by calling (210) 226-3000 or completing this contact form to schedule a free case evaluation in San Antonio.
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