A brief look at the Texas right to expunction law

Did you know that you will have black marks on your record if arrested but never convicted on drug possession charges? In truth, any law enforcement entanglements from your past will likely show up as a part of your criminal history. As you might expect, this can complicate your life going forward in several different ways.

For example, if prospective employers or landlords see drug possession records in background checks, you could face unexpected negative consequences. Many Longview residents report having trouble landing a good job and renting or purchasing a home due to their criminal histories.

Are drug possession records eligible for expunction?

Yes, they are in most instances. However, the state’s expunction code is quite detailed, which makes it confusing for many residents. Below, you will find brief descriptions of several of the code’s key elements to improve your understanding of Texas expunction law. Your case may qualify for this remedy if:

  • You were arrested for drug possession but not charged.
  • Your case resulted in a dismissal of the charges against you.
  • A grand jury did not deliver an indictment in your case.
  • You were found not guilty on charges of drug possession.
  • You were convicted of the crime and subsequently received a pardon.

The brief list above is far from complete. As such, it is smart to take your case to a legal advocate for further guidance in seeking to clear your name.

Most Texas residents feel a great amount of relief after a successful expunction. They go on to get good-paying jobs, build lucrative futures and escape the negative stigma that accompanies drug possession arrests.