Category Archive for "Record Sealing"

Length of Probation and Early Termination

Length of Probation and Early Termination

Attorney Marsh

I know that I’ve written over and over about the role of plea bargains and probation in the criminal justice system. One post that sums it up nicely is 3 Ways Your Criminal Case Can End. Plea bargaining and probation often go hand in hand in a criminal case. It’s important to know that there are 2 Types of Probation in Texas. In this post, I’m only focusing on Straight Probation, NOT Deferred Adjudication. Just because you were put on probation for a period of years, doesn’t mean that you can’t ask the Court to terminate your probation early. The length…

Conditions of Probation in Texas

Conditions of Probation in Texas

In a previous post I explained the difference between deferred adjudication probation and “straight probation in Texas.” If you’re not sure about the difference between the two, or whether or not the difference matters, go back and read that post. Not all probation is the same. Normally, you’re placed on probation because of an agreement between you and the State. This is a part of the plea bargain. In exchange for your plea of guilty, your sentence will be probated as part of your plea bargain. As with everything else, Probation comes with terms and condition. What are the “normal”…

Job Hunting and Your Texas Criminal Record

Job Hunting and Your Texas Criminal Record

This is a problem that I discuss with my clients even before I start working on their cases. It’s a bigger deal than a conviction itself. It’s about job hunting and your Texas criminal record. It can affect your short term and long term earning potential. When clients come into my office, and while I’m working on their cases, I’m actively planning for the best possible outcome for them. I’m always trying to plan ahead and put them in a position to later have their record sealed. In Texas, as I’ve mentioned before, “record sealing” takes two forms. One is…

Class C Misdemeanors in Texas

This post closely relates to my last post about getting a Class C Misdemeanor wiped from your record. Most Texans probably think of traffic tickets when they think about Class C’s. Here is the old familiar sight. However, this isn’t the only case. Class C’s include many different types of criminal charges and the effect on your life depends on the charge, and the final resolution of your case. Not all Class C’s are the same. Remember that the next time you, or someone you love is charged any of the Class C Misdemeanors in Texas. Let’s take a closer…