Texas Expunction Attorney

A question our office frequently encounters is whether an arrest and/or conviction can be expunged from their record.  Sometimes the existence of a criminal record can limit your future possibilities and can hinder future employment.  It can often keep you from getting the right job, or moving within your company, or can even come back to haunt you in the event you are ever faced with another criminal charge in the future. The answer to whether you can get something expunged or sealed is almost always complicated, and many factors usually come into play. A knowledgeable Texas attorney can help you take actions, however, in sealing these records and protecting your future.

The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC can help clients with two different methods of criminal record sealing: an expunction and a nondisclosure. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your detention, arrest or conviction, either one might be the right fit for you.

Expunction vs. Non-Disclosure


An order of expunction essentially erases ALL records of the offense: arrest records, court records and criminal history record information. Expunction is only granted in limited circumstances, contrary to what most people believe. These include when your criminal case was dismissed or when you were found "Not Guilty" and acquitted after a trial. People who are not eligible for expunction may still be eligible to file a motion for a non-disclosure.


When a petition for Non-Disclosure is granted, criminal justice agencies are prohibited from giving information about the offense to the general public.  Your record, therefore, is effectively "sealed." Usually, a Non-Disclosure Order is granted when you have successfully completed deferred adjudication. For many offenses, there is a waiting period before you can file a petition for Non-Disclosure, which can range anywhere from two to five years. However, some offenses are eligible for an Order of Non-Disclosure immediately. Obtaining an order of Non-Disclosure means that law enforcement agencies cannot release your criminal record as it relates to the specific incident. Generally speaking, the only way an entity can see the arrest records is if you are prosecuted subsequently for another crime. If your Order is granted, your record is effectively "sealed" in all other respects.  You can read more about Non-Disclosures here.

Counties Served :

The Law Offices of Carl David Ceder, PLLC, is a full-service criminal defense law firm.  Carl David Ceder is an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney, DWI Defense Attorney, and Personal Injury Lawyer who practices all over Texas, including Dallas and all of Dallas County, Plano and all of Collin County, Ellis County, Rockwall County, Denton County, Fort Worth and all of Tarrant County, Austin and all of Travis County, Williamson County, Hays County, and all adjoining counties:

Dallas Criminal Attorney - Dallas, Addison, Cedar Hill, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Coppell, DeSoto, Duncanville, Garland, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Highland Park, Irving, Lancaster, Lewisville, Mesquite, Richardson, Seagoville, University Park, Wilmer, Wylie

Collin County Criminal Attorney - Plano, McKinney, Carrollton, Celina, Dallas, Fairview, Frisco, Garland, Lucas, Melissa, Murphy, Nevada, New Hope, Prosper, Richardson, St. Paul, Westminster, Weston, Wylie

Denton County Criminal Attorney - Dallas, Argyle, Aubrey, Bartonville, Carollton, Coppell, Corinth, Denton, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Hebron, Highland Village, Justin, Lake Dallas, Lakewood Village, Lewisville, Northlake, Plano, Prosper, Southlake, The Colony, Westlake

Tarrant County Criminal Attorney - Fort Worth, Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Colleyville, Crowley, Euless, Everman, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Grand Prairie, Hurst, Keller, Lakeside, Mansfield, North Richland Hills, River Oaks, Saginaw, Southlake, Westlake

Rockwall County Criminal Attorney - Rockwall, Dallas, Fate, Heath, Mobile City, McLendon-Chisholm, Rowlett, Royse City, Wylie, Munson, Blackland

Travis County Criminal Attorney - Austin, Bee Caves, Briarcliff, Creedmoor, Del Valle, Jonestown, Lago Vista, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Manchaca, Manor, McNeil, Oak Hill, Pflugerville, Spicewood, Sunset Valley, Westlake Hills

Williamson County Criminal Attorney - Georgetown, Andice, Cedar Park, Coupland, Florence, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Leander, Liberty Hill, Round Rock, Schwertner, Taylor, Thrall, Walburg, Weir

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
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