Romy believes in the power of expunction to change the course of his clients’ lives.
For Romy, it simply is not enough to win an appeal--whether directly or via habeas corpus.
It is essential that the conviction be wiped clean from his clients’ criminal and public records.
Without this critical step, appellants face numerous challenges reintegrating into their communities, from rejection by potential employers to the inability to acquire a professional license.
What is expunction?
The legal definition of expunction means that the court destroys the records of both the arrest and any court proceedings. Under Texas law, a person is allowed to expunge an arrest if the case did not end in a conviction or community supervision. A person can also expunge class C misdemeanors if it resulted in a successful completion of a deferred adjudication.
Benefits of Expunging a Conviction
It is against Texas law to use expunged records by any entity “for any purpose.”
The person with the expunged record can deny the arrest happened at all and can deny the existence of the expunged records. Even the expunction order itself can be denied, unless being questioned under oath on the witness stand in a criminal case (at which time they can simply reply that the matter has been expunged). This is beneficial when it comes to applying for jobs, including government and law enforcement jobs.
How Long Does It Take to Expunge a Conviction?
The faster a person starts the expungement process, the faster the record is expunged and the person’s record is cleared.
With the growing use of public records for background checks, expunction is definitely a worthy investment. In Texas, the entire expunction process typically takes about 6 months. Romy can help you expunge your record in Harris County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, Brazoria County, Galveston County and throughout the state of Texas.
For assistance expunging your criminal record, contact Attorney Romy B. Kaplan here.