Record Sealing: Felonies Versus Misdemeanors

Record sealing allows an individual to hide or suppress documentation of an offense from the general public, including employers and others pulling routine background checks. The record will still be there, however, available for law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and certain other government entities.

In Texas, there is a difference in how record sealing is handled for felonies and misdemeanors. At The Law Office of Leon Reed Jr., we will review your offense and investigate exactly how the case was handled and prosecuted. Our team will provide you with all options available to you, and we are prepared to represent you in seeking to have a record sealed.

For more information about record sealing and what we can do for your case, please call our Fort Worth law office today at 817-768-3811.

The Difference Between Record Sealing Of Felonies And Misdemeanors

Individuals must wait five years before seeking to seal records of felonies. The amount of time it takes to have misdemeanors sealed varies.

Lesser misdemeanor charges, including minor marijuana or prescription drug charges, can be expunged almost immediately. Others require a two-year waiting period. The amount of time varies case by case, including details such as if you were convicted or if the case was dismissed. We will provide you with a clear understanding of what you can expect and how we can have the matter sealed as quickly as possible.

Record Sealing After A DWI Conviction — Can My DWI Be Expunged?

In Texas, you can have a DWI expunged only if the case ends in absolute dismissal. Texas also does not allow deferred adjudication on a DWI. The only available options are to fight the charges or work toward a plea deal with the prosecutor.

There are options for expungement through diversion programs, including veterans court. There is significant public support for such programs and a hope that they will stem the bigger problem of drunk driving.