is your criminal record erased after 7 years?

is your criminal record erased after 7 years?

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  1. Ha!! No, sorry, it’s not. And getting a record expunged isn’t easy. You have to retain an attorney to file a legal action in a court to have the previous conviction set aside or dismissed, then the record is sealed. This happens usually only for misdemeanors and minor felonies.

  2. Even after getting an attorney and going to court most of the time the courts will not remove the charges. If you are put on probation and receive a deferred sentence then it is suppose to be cleared after you complete the probation.Deferred Adjudication is a plea bargain agreement between a defendant, and a Texas Criminal Court in which formal judgment
    is withheld or "deferred" pending the outcome of the probation period. If an individual is given deferred adjudication and he or
    she successfully completes the probation and conditions assigned by the court, the charges are dismissed. In order to obtain DA
    from the court, the defendant MUST either enter a plea of "guilty" or a plea of "no contest". Essentially, both pleas mean the same
    thing; with the exception being that a plea of "no contest" has certain advantages as far as protecting the defendant against any
    subsequent civil litigation proceedings related to the original crime he/she was originally charged with.

    Even though a successfully completed deferred adjudication will ultimately result in charges being dismissed by the criminal court, it
    is extremely important to take note of the fact that two very important records will remain in existence… and will be viewable by the
    general public… for the rest of that person’s life. These two records are:

    (1) The original arrest record which contains the arresting officers notes, reports, etc. This arrest record will also usually contain
    police investigator’s notes, photographs, confessions, or any other evidence seized or testimony taken during an arrest

    (2) The record of the action of the court. This document is usually the order of probation that you, the defendant signed in order
    to qualify for deferred adjudication. This paper, with your signature on it, also contains your plea of guilty or "nolo contendere" (no contest). So it will actually never be removed…there will always be a record of the arrest and that you were charged, just not convicted.

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