Expunctions are giving people a fresh start and freeing them from their RAP sheet. If you got in trouble and had your criminal charges dismissed you might be eligible to wipe that arrest or charge off your record. That means that no one, including your boss, future employer, school or law enforcement can ever see you were arrested. It's awesome!
I’m Lawyer Alexandria Serra, this is Lawyer Talk Thursday (catch it every week on Instagram @alexandriaserra), and I’m going over the top three things you need to know about clearing your criminal record.
Don't let your past haunt you! I am dedicated to educating you about ✨ clearing your record.
✨ You may be eligible for an expunction if you had your case dismissed either through PTD,
the First Chance Program, or some other way. Let me break it down for you:
- Everything that happens in the criminal world is public record. The government can see it, your baby mama can see it, and your future employer can see it.
- Employers have the right to refuse to hire you based on your criminal record, even if your charges were dismissed! Just because your case was dismissed, doesn’t mean it won’t be used against you. Unless you do something about it, the arrest and charge stays on your record.
- The law in Texas just changed, and it’s about to change again on September 1. These updates help people who have been arrested for more than one misdemeanor at the same time. In the past, if you got popped for two things and pled guilty to one, your dismissed charge would stay on your record. Now, you’re eligible for an expunction.
Even better news on September 1, 2021 more people will be eligible for expunctions, including those with unlawful carry convictions.
If you want more, I have a 25 minute YouTube video explaining the whole process! It’s from the seminar I did last week. You can check it out on my YouTube channel or click the graphic below.
Want to learn more? Give me a call. Can’t call in? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.