Expungement Versus Record Sealing

A criminal record has the power to follow an individual around for the rest of his or her life, visible to potential employers and anyone else who may choose to run a background check. One mistake you made years ago can have a profound impact on the rest of your life.

At The Law Office of Leon Reed Jr., we help individuals who have been charged with or convicted of crimes understand their options for hiding these details and moving past their mistakes. Our attorney will thoroughly investigate how your charge was handled, how you were convicted or how the case was dismissed. Based on the facts of your case, we will advise you of all options for expungement or record sealing.

For more information about how we can help you move on with your life and past charges or convictions from years ago, please contact our law office today at 817-768-3811 for a consultation.

The Difference Between Expungement And Record Sealing

Many people use expungement and record sealing interchangeably. These two terms are actually quite different.

Expungement — If a charge or conviction is expunged, it is completely wiped from that person's record, as if it never occurred. Records of the incident are not even available to law enforcement or district attorneys.

Record sealing — Sealing of records allows the individual to hide documentation of a charge or conviction from most people, including employers and others seeking routine background checks. Other parties and entities, however, such as the district attorney or law enforcement, are still able to gain access to the sealed files.

We will help you understand what you can expect, given the details of your specific case and how it was handled.

Is There A Time Limit For When I Can Get A Record Sealed?

This differs between felonies and misdemeanors. A misdemeanor can be sealed immediately, in many cases. Certain misdemeanors, however, require the individual to wait a few years to seal. Felonies cannot be sealed for five years from the date the individual is released from probation.

Can I Have More Than One Offense Expunged Or Sealed At Once?

Our office routinely works with individuals who have multiple records to expunge or seal. We look at where the cases were tried and where the expungement or sealing needs to occur. Often, we can consolidate the process and save the individual time and money.

For more information, call our law office today at 817-768-3811.