How do I expunge my record in Harris County?
Prepare your petition for expunction. It will be your responsibility to complete your forms (unless you decide to hire an attorney). There are three documents that will need to be prepared in pursuing your expunction: 1) Petition for expunction, 2) Order setting hearing, and 3) Final order of expunction.
How much does it cost to expunge your record in Texas?
How Much Will It Cost to Expunge My Criminal Record in Texas? As a general rule, it costs more to expunge a felony than a misdemeanor. The expungement of a felony will customarily cost a minimum of $1,000, but may cost upwards of $2,500 or even more. Misdemeanors can usually be expunged for $1,000 or less.
What cases Cannot be expunged in Texas?
Crimes That Cannot Be Expunged in Texas
- Capital Murder.
- Indecency with a Child.
- Aggravated Kidnapping.
- Aggravated Sexual Assault.
- Aggravated Robbery.
- Sexual Assault.
- Injury to a Child, Elderly Individual, or Disabled Individual.
- Criminal Solicitation.
What is the waiting period for expungement in Texas?
A person may obtain an expunction if no charges have been filed after a waiting period has passed: 180 days for Class C misdemeanors, one year for Class A and B misdemeanors, and three years for felonies.
Who qualifies for expungement in Texas?
You must have been arrested, you must not have been convicted or served probation, and the charge that you want to be expunged must have been a misdemeanor or a felony. If you meet these three requirements, expunction is an option you should absolutely consider before proceeding with your criminal case.
How do I file for an expungement in Texas?
Applying and Obtaining an Expunction The first step in gaining an expunction is to file a Petition for Expunction with the district court requesting that the court grant an Order for Expunction. A basic form for both the Petition for Expunction and Order for Expunction are included at the end of this pamphlet.
How long does the expungement process take in Texas?
In most instances, it takes about 30 days to schedule a hearing date after the petition for expunction is filed. The entire process usually takes from four to six weeks. If the court grants an expungement, it usually takes up to 180 days for local, state, and federal agencies to destroy their records.
Will a felony show up on a background check after 10 years?
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) allows felony arrests to be reported on background checks for seven years after release from prison. Felony convictions can be reported as far back as the employer chooses to go. Many employers check a period of five to ten years of history when hiring applicants.