Can I Keep My Criminal Record Private?
Aug. 3, 2020
For college students, the effects of a criminal charge are wide-reaching, long-lasting and, often enough, irreversible. Not only do individuals face legal repercussions — imprisonment, court fines and related considerations — but there will be academic consequences as well. One's financial aid package may be dissolved. One may face expulsion. Indeed, many find that the futures they'd been working toward are now placed out of grasp.
Davis-Jones Law is committed to helping students stay on path to achieve their goals. For more than a decade, we have represented clients in Austin and throughout central Texas when they face criminal charges. Whether the allegations stem from DUI charges, drug crimes or a violent offense, we can help you understand your options, and will work hard to keep your record clean.
Pretrial Diversion Programs
Texas law allows for individuals facing criminal charges for the first time to enterpretrial diversion programs that ultimately prevent the establishment of a criminal record. Such programs essentially function like probation. The defendant is compelled to take certain actions — perform community service, for example, or enter drug rehabilitation — and stay out of legal trouble for a set period of time.
If an individual completes their program successfully, the criminal charges are dismissed. Likewise, you will be eligible to file for an expunction — that is, the sealing of your criminal record — so that future employers and landlords will be unable to access it.
What If I Don't Qualify For A Diversion Program?
Even if you don't qualify for a pretrial diversion, you will still have options. Our firm can help you leverage them to your advantage.
We are skilled at negotiating with opposing counsel, and advocate aggressively to protect our clients from adverse outcomes. Likewise, if matters proceed to trial, we provide assertive and effective representation, and are skilled in obtaining decisions that allow your future to remain intact.
Serious Help To Prevent Serious Consequences
To speak with a lawyer, reach out to our firm. We provide free initial consultations, so that we can assess your case before you are obligated to retain us.
Call our office or arrange your appointment online. Finding the right attorney is crucial to a successful case.