Applying for expunction or nondisclosure in Texas can feel complicated at times, but it's important to remember what you're doing all of this work for. The first thing you should do is contact an experienced Texas expunction/nondisclosure attorney such as Walter Reaves, a Waco criminal lawyer. Attorney Reaves will be able to walk you through the process and handle most of the details for you, but here's a run-down of what you should expect:
- You must first fill out a Petition for Expunction of Criminal Records or a Petition for Nondisclosure of Criminal History Information. These forms must be notarized, and it's highly recommended that you make several copies for your personal records before submitting the petition.
- Next, obtain an official record of your fingerprints.
- You will have to file the petition and submit your fingerprints in the District Clerk's Office in the same county where you were arrested or where the original offense took place.
- Once everything has been filed, take one of the copies you made and send a copy of the petition to the state prosecutor. Be sure to send it by certified mail with return receipt requested. This is an official way for you to verify that the state did indeed receive notice.
- Once all this is taken care of, you will receive a hearing date. That's when a decision on your expunction or nondisclosure will be made.
If you would like help applying for an expunction or order for nondisclosure, contact Waco attorney Walter Reaves at 254-296-0020 for more information.