If you have a criminal record, you can benefit from expungement in many different ways. In this post, we’ll explain why you should get your criminal records expunged.
The Many Benefits of Expungement in Texas
You can benefit from getting your record expunged in all kinds of ways, including:
When you apply for a job, most employers are allowed by law to ask you if you have a criminal record. A “yes” to this question can automatically disqualify you from all kinds of jobs. This is true even if you were convicted of shoplifting retail items worth less than $50 or spraying graffiti when you were younger.
It can also apply if you were arrested but your case was dismissed, even though you were never convicted. Expunging your record allows you to confidently say “no” when asked this stressful question by potential employers.
If you were able to keep your job after getting convicted, you still run the risk of having employment problems if management or policies change. By expunging your record, you can have greater job security.
Some professions require special licensing that is only available for those who have never been convicted of a crime. If you want to work in a profession that requires a specific license, you may need to get your record expunged to be eligible.
Landlords can rightfully refuse to let you rent an apartment, duplex, or home from them if you have a conviction. In the case that they allow you to rent from them, they may raise your deposit amount or rates, or refuse to return your deposit if you decide to move.
Bottom line? A criminal record can significantly narrow your housing options. Expunging it can open possibilities and may save you money.
When attempting to secure a loan for education, a vehicle, or a home, you may run into problems with a criminal record. Not every lender wants to work with someone who had trouble with the law in the past. Just as bad, those who will work with you may charge exorbitant rates due to your record. When you expunge your record, you may find it easier to secure loans.
If you need public assistance, work assistance, food stamps, or grants, the state of Texas may prohibit you from participating in these programs if you have a criminal record. It’s worth the investment to get your record expunged so you can receive the benefits you need.
When you have a criminal record, any member of the public can look up your record on the internet. If privacy is a concern for you, expungement will remove most records from public view and help you rest easier knowing that people can no longer access your records without permission.
Have you ever wanted to be a Boy Scout leader or Little League coach? If you have a criminal record, you may not be allowed to participate in certain volunteer activities like these. However, expungement makes participation possible.
Get Your Texas Criminal Record Expunged
Your criminal record does not automatically expire, and it doesn’t disappear just because you managed to avoid conviction. It is permanently available to the public – unless you get it expunged by a judge.
Expungement can give you the peace of mind you are seeking. A skilled Texas criminal lawyer will be able to help you through this process and provide you with the best chance at getting your record expunged. Call today for a free consultation.
About the Author:
After getting his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center, Jeff Hampton began practicing criminal law in Texas in 2005. Before becoming a defense attorney, he worked as a prosecutor for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office – experience he uses to anticipate and cast doubt on the arguments that will be used against his clients. Over the course of his career, he has helped countless Texans protect their rights and get the best possible outcome in their criminal cases. His skill has earned him recognition from the National Trial Lawyers (Top 100 Trial Lawyers) and Avvo (Top Attorney in Criminal Defense, Top Attorney in DUI & DWI, 10/10 Superb Rating), and he is Lead Counsel rated.