By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
A criminal arrest record can be like the legal equivalent of cancer. It can cost you a job, a promotion at work, or countless other opportunities. The damage is done when someone hears about the arrest. Most aren’t interested in details that you were acquitted or the charges were dropped.
An expunction is the legal equivalent of curing the cancer that is a criminal arrest. A state district judge orders the records stemming from a criminal arrest destroyed. This includes records which were part of the arrest or that reference the arrest such as court records, the district attorney’s file, and even transcripts of the trial. When people refer to having something “taken off” their record, an expunction is generally what they mean. This also means that the state’s agencies can’t give information about your these arrests to private…
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