Q: How do I get a case dismissed that I was indicted for in 1998 after finding out the indictment was wrong?
In 1998 I was sentenced to 5yrs probation for failure to register, after pulling the record and the true bill of indictment
I realized that the reportable conviction they used to get the indictment I was never convicted of nor was I ever charged with this crime. After all the years that have passed what would be my next move outside of hiring a $30,000 lawyer?
If anyone can fix the conviction, it will be an expert in criminal appeals, and that will be expensive. However, if you were granted a pardon by the Governor of Texas, then you could file for an expunction of the records. That might be just as good of a result, depending on your goals.
It is my understanding that pardons are forgiveness for an offense rather than a means of undoing a false conviction but couldn't tell you why I think that and wouldn't bet $1 that it is accurate.
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