Record Sealing in Austin
Difference Between Record Sealing and Expungement
The main difference between expungement and sealing a criminal record is that expungement is essentially deleting criminal records all together (legally and physically) while sealing your criminal record means that it still exists. If your charges are expunged there will be no record remaining that your criminal offense occurred.
If you are looking to have your criminal record expunged or sealed, it is important to have an attorney that is knowledgeable and experienced in both expungement and sealing criminal records. It is also important that you understand the effect that each process can have on your arrest record. The Law Office of Paul Quinzi, PLLC, serving Austin and all of Travis County, is devoted to helping you clear your name. You are innocent unless proven guilty, and if your case was dismissed, you are not a criminal. Our job is to make sure you are not treated like one.
Do you need your record sealed in Travis County? Call the Law Office of Paul Quinzi, PLLC at (512) 515-1856 to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.
If you were arrested and you received a not guilty verdict, your case was dismissed, or you completed a pre-trial intervention program, you are legally innocent. In most cases, you will be eligible for expungement of your criminal record. Through the expunction process, your criminal record is completely deleted. Any paper records are returned to the court and destroyed, and any digital records are deleted from law enforcement systems and private background check companies.
Expunction in Texas is governed by Chapter 55 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and several related statutes. It is a rather technical area of the law, so it is important to have an expunction attorney who knows both the law and the practical implications of how the entire process works in Austin. Attorney Paul Quinzi is a former Travis County prosecutor who has helped hundreds of people understand how the law works in Travis County.
Our criminal defense attorney is devoted to protecting your rights and your privacy. Contact our firm today to see if you qualify to have your record expunged. Attorney Paul Quinzi has a thorough knowledge of the expungement process and is passionate about fighting for the rights of his clients. Make the right choice and enlist the help of an expert to guide you through the expungement process and clear your name.
An order of nondisclosure is a judge’s order prohibiting law enforcement, government agencies, and private background check companies from revealing your criminal history record to the general public. Nondisclosure for a felony or misdemeanor is available only if you have successfully completed a term of deferred adjudication probation. Unlike an expungement, the information in your criminal record still exists and is retained by the agencies, but it is sealed from the public.
How do you know if you completed deferred adjudication? There are many different legal mechanisms that are called “deferred.” Deferred disposition, deferred prosecution, pretrial diversion, pretrial intervention, and deferred adjudication are all very different mechanisms with similar sounding names. The differences between them, and what those differences mean for your criminal record, are staggering. If you are unsure of what kind of disposition you received on your case, contact our firm. We will give you all the help you need to determine what relief you are eligible for or entitled to under the law.
You may be eligible for nondisclosure of a misdemeanor even if you were convicted. If you had deferred adjudication, community supervision, or were sentenced to jail, you may be eligible under different provisions of the statute. Your eligibility will depend on whether you have any previous criminal history, the nature of the offense, and other factors.
There are exceptions to nondisclosure orders. For example, state licensing and regulatory agencies; schools; hospitals; and state, county, and municipal hiring authorities still have access to the information even though it is subject to nondisclosure. Nondisclosure is not complete expunction, so make sure you understand the effects and consequences by hiring an experienced lawyer. Our expunction attorney strives to work closely with each and every client to ensure they are fully aware of their options. We can help determine what the optimal solution is for your case.
Call our firm at (512) 515-1856 to speak with an expunction attorney. Our goal is to help you seal your record in Austin.