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Many people are concerned about having something on their criminal history and want to have it removed sooner rather than later. When your criminal history shows negative items, it can be hard to get the things that are needed in life, like the ability to obtain employment or even a place to live. Having criminal items can also affect the ability to be bonded for work purposes, which may greatly limit the jobs that you may be able to qualify for. If a poor criminal history is affecting your life, there is a way to remove these files by petitioning the court. This type of case is called an expungement.
Expunging a record is an act where a petition is filed to the court to ask for this record to be sealed. The petition must be filed in the court system that handed down the charges. The first step in starting the expungement process is to find out where the court records are located. When dealing with Gregg County arrests, they can be accessed easily online. Finding out where the histories are located whether it is the sheriff’s office, police department etc. is important. It helps to know all the details of the charges before attempting to fill out all the paperwork.
Each state has their own laws regarding expungement. In the state of Texas, they allow both misdemeanors and felonies to be sealed. By researching Title 1 and Chapter 55 of the “Texas Code of Criminal Procedure”, it will help to further explain all the laws this state has on the crimes that met expunction eligibility. One part of the law details that a specific criminal item can be sealed if a person has completed what is known as deferred adjudication. Another specification states that when a case is dismissed and no charges were formally given, this record may also be sealed. Also, if a person is a minor at the time that the crime took place, the court will more favorable for an approval of the petition.
Gregg County arrest records are not hard to expunge, provided they fall within the correct parameters of the statue. While it may be advantageous to have legal counsel to help with the expungement process, it is not necessary to do so. A person can easily file their own paperwork and to get a history sealed without using legal counsel. After receiving a copy of your arrest records, you need to make sure your crime falls under one of the guidelines and is able to be expunged. If a petition is filed and the crime doesn’t fall under the statue, the request will be denied. Generally, the state of Texas will grant a criminal history to be sealed when there is a non-conviction, or a conviction that was under community supervision and also some minor misdemeanors. It can still take a couple of months to have the records sealed. The courts must have time to get the order to the proper authorities, who must then erase or seal the records.