Put Your Criminal Record Behind You With Our Help
Nobody wants a criminal record. Sometimes, something that happened long ago can hold you back—and continue holding you back—for the rest of your life. The familiar worry comes up whenever someone applies for a new job or thinks about moving. Sometimes, they stay in situations that they dislike for years and years simply because their criminal histories are holding them back.
At Lee & Wood we understand. We represent people throughout the greater west metro who have struggled with criminal trouble. We are a team of experienced criminal defense lawyers, and we have the insight necessary to help you understand your options. And you might have more than you think. You might be able to leave past criminal offenses where they belong—in the past.
Expunction vs. Nondisclosure: What’s the Difference?
You may have heard both terms. You may have heard people use them interchangeably. Technically, they’re two different options under Texas law.
- Expunction: Expunction takes a giant eraser to your entire criminal record. It removes everything across all files, so that nobody can see you were once in trouble. Expunction is an option for you if you were found not guilty, if you were arrested but your case was never filed, or if you meet certain other criteria. We often consider expunction as part of our complete case strategy for our clients. First, we work to have the person found not guilty. Then, we work to have the record expunged.
- Nondisclosure: Nondisclosure means that the criminal charge will not be visible when employers, landlords or school officials look at your criminal record. But, law enforcement officials will still be able to see it. Many people who are not eligible for expunction are still eligible for nondisclosure.
What’s the Right Option for You?
The best way to learn about your options is to talk with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our team has extensive experience on both sides of the courtroom. We can review your situation with you and talk about what can be done. Consultations are free and confidential, so there is no reason to put off acting. Call 817-678-6771 or complete our online contact form. From our office in Fort Worth, we have cleared clients records by expungement in Weatherford, Granbury, Cleburne, and Burleson Texas. We work closely with clients across the metro area.