Q: How do I go about getting my record expunged?
A: In Texas you qualify for an expunction in a few different cases. If you receive deferred adjudication for a class C misdemeanor and complete it successfully, you should qualify. If you were charged with a higher offense, but subsequently had the charge dismissed or were acquitted, then in most circumstances you would also qualify. In order to see if your particular offense can be expunged, contact a local criminal defense attorney. Most of us give free consultations and can tell you right away if you qualify. From there, your attorney will draft the paperwork and file it for you with the court and the D.A. There is a charge for each offense you want expunged that will need to be paid to the court clerk, so be prepared. It differs slightly from county to county so check with your attorney beforehand to make sure that you know what to you will need to pay. Good luck.
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