Houston Expunction Attorney / Harris County Expungement Lawyer James Sullivan


Harris County Criminal Record Expungement

Houston Expungement Lawyer James Sullivan helps people get their criminal records expunged so that they can get good jobs, go to good colleges or join the military.  The process of criminal record expungement involves filing a civil lawsuit against agencies maintaining your criminal records.  The lawsuit seeks to clear your record of the state criminal charges listed in the lawsuit.  If the civil district court judge signs the expungement order, any agency which maintains your listed criminal record will be ordered to destroy it.

When Can a Criminal Record Be Expunged?

A criminal record can only be ordered expunged in a few situations, including:

  1. You were found not guilty at trial,
  2. a grand jury no bills (dismisses) your felony case,
  3. the prosecutor drops charges before going to trial,
  4. a judge dismissed your case before going to trial,
  5. your conviction was overturned on appeal, and
  6. your case was dismissed after successfully completing a Pretrial Diversion program.

Why Is Expungement Better than a Non-Disclosure?

Expungement is much better than non-disclosure (record sealing).  When a judge orders a criminal record to be non-disclosed (i.e. sealed), that means that your criminal record will not be accessible by the general public, however the criminal charges still remain on your record.  Expungement wipes those criminal records clean.  That means that if the police pull you over for a traffic violation, then they will not know about your prior criminal record and therefore will not treat you differently.

NTL-top-100-memberIf you are being negatively affected by criminal records, your best option may be expungement.  You can call the law offices of Jim Sullivan for a free consultation to discuss your criminal case and explain the legal process.  Houston criminal defense attorney James Sullivan has over 20 years of experience practicing Texas criminal law as a defense lawyer.  Sullivan will evaluate your case, and if you qualify for an expunction, Sullivan will fight hard to clear your good name.

A Pretrial Diversion program can also help keep your record clean.  James Sullivan fights hard to make sure that participation in a pretrial diversion program is an option for almost all of his clients who are charged as first-time misdemeanor offenders.  When you successfully complete a diversion program, then your charges are dismissed and you can then file to have the charge expunged from your record.

James Sullivan attended the Trial Lawyers College founded by Legendary lawyer Gerry Spence and was invited to join The National Trial Lawyers organization. Sullivan has a proven record of defending people from all walks of life, faiths and countries in courts throughout Texas.

Contact Attorney James Sullivan

Houston expunction lawyer James Sullivan represents clients in criminal courts throughout the state of Texas.  If you want to protect your legal rights and safeguard your future, call Sullivan at (281) 546-6428 for a confidential consultation.

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