Whether you have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor, that charge
can follow you and affect the rest of your life. Even after you have finished
your punishment, whether it was jail time, fines, or probation, you may
find that your conviction still impacts factors like applying for a job
or a place to live. That is why many people who have faced conviction
in the past turn to ways of clearing their criminal record, like
expunction or sealing of criminal records. Our
San Antonio criminal defense attorney explains what you need to know and which option works best in your situation.
Is There a Difference Between the Two?
When an individual seals their criminal record they make it so that the
record cannot be accessed by normal means. That means that people who
may try to access your record when you apply for a loan or a job will
not be able to see your conviction. The record will still exist but only
those with higher access, like police officers, will be able to see your
On the other hand, an expunction makes it as if your record never existed.
No one can access your record, not even by court order. Like a true clean
slate, expunction makes it as if you were never convicted of a crime,
unlike sealing your record which makes your record difficult to access
by conventional means.
Which One Should You Pursue for Your Record?
Because expunction removes your record completely, many people want to
pursue that option for their record. However, not every case is qualified
for expunction since some cases can only be sealed.
In Texas, you may be qualified for expunction if:
- You were charged but not convicted of a crime
- The offense was a minor alcohol-related charge
- The offense was a qualifying misdemeanor juvenile
- You were charged with Failure to Attend School
- You received a pardon
- You were acquitted by the Criminal Court of Appeals
If you do not qualify for expunction, you can still have a San Antonio
criminal defense lawyer help you seal your record. Contact Bloomquist
& Compton, Attorneys at Law today and our team can help you better
understand your options.
Call our office at (210) 762-4128 today for assistance with your criminal record.