EXPUNGING AN ARREST RECORD
The majority of arrests made in Texas are nonviolent in nature. And – unfortunately the most common crimes in Texas are drug-related offenses, and the majority of arrests in the lone-star state are for drug possession. Marijuana is considered by the federal government and the state government of Texas to be just as harmful to the public as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, psychoactive substances such as acid or shrooms, PCP, angel dust, and other controlled prescription drugs. This is why the consequences of such arrests are the same in terms of the extensive discrimination individuals face due to their arrests. In 2018, 63,000 people were arrested in Texas for possession of marijuana. In 2019, the number of people arrested for marijuana was 45,000. These figures reflect just a small portion of the public who are arrested for nonviolent crimes each year in Texas.
At the Dodson Law Firm, PLLC we take pride in expunging an arrest records, especially for nonviolent crimes.
ELIGIBILITY FOR EXPUNGING OF ARREST RECORDS
FULFILL THE WAITING PERIOD
AN EXPUNCTION WILL BE GRANTED IF
AN EXPUNCTION WILL NOT BE GRANTED IF:
- If more than one charge resulted from a single arrest, called a criminal episode in Texas.
- If deferred adjudication was granted, unless the charge was for a Class C Misdemeanor.
- If you remain subject to investigation or prosecution by the charges.
- If you jumped bail.
- If you left the jurisdiction after making bail.
- If you received community supervision (adults only).
- If the Court found the crime was motivated by prejudice or bias (such as a hate crime).
- If you had been charged with a felony five years prior from the date of the arrest you are seeking to get an expunction for.
- If the waiting period from the date of the arrest has not been fulfilled.
- If the arrest record you are seeking an expunction for has any of the following charges: Domestic Violence, Murder, Stalking, Aggravated Kidnapping, Human Trafficking, any criminal offense resulting in you having to register as a sex offender.