The Law Offices of Jayson Nag has handled dozens of expunctions and non-disclosures in Fort Worth.
First, a bit of background on the Expunction and Non-Disclosure procedure.
A Petition for Expunction is a tool that criminal defense attorneys use to erase our client’s criminal record. Say you were arrested for DWI in Tarrant County. You maintain your innocence the entire way and you end up going to trial. You have a great attorney that is knowledgeable about the law who is able to have you acquitted (our attorneys have accrued quite a few Not Guiltys and Dismissals — see our recent case results HERE). After you are found Not Guilty, you are entitled under the law to an expunction, or an erasing of that DWI case record and arrest record. The process itself takes between 30-60 days depending on the county. With the expunction, your DWI is erased and all records are court-ordered to be destroyed — it is as if it never happened.
A Request for Non-Disclosure is very similar in its process to an Expunction. The turnaround time is normally the same. The big difference between the two is a Non-Disclosure only seals your record — and not from everyone. Law enforcement, the judiciary (courts) and certain governmental agencies will still be able to see your criminal record. A Non-disclosure is used when your case was dismissed after the case was filed or if you were placed on Deferred Adjudication. There are lots of requirements, exceptions and waiting periods for a Non-Disclosure and an Expunction for that matter. This article does not go into that, but you can get more information about that HERE.
So having said that, was is the price to hire a criminal defense attorney to obtain an Expunction or Non-Disclosure in Texas? Well, most attorneys will charge anywhere from $1000 (including filing fees) to $3000 depending on the county or the complexity of the case. Sometimes a hearing in court will need to be held. You can expect the fee to be on the higher side if this is the case.
Jayson Nag normally charge between $1000 – 1750 depending on the complexity. Normally, after a quick phone consultation we can quote you an exact price. In order to do that, we just need to ask you some simple questions and look up your record. Its pretty simple. As far as the legal fee, it may seem like a good chunk of money up front, but remember, a Non-Disclosure or Expunction is something that will help you for the rest of your life. It will help you if you plan to go to college, apply a for good job or even in some cases apply for an apartment. Trust us, this big investment in your future is well worth a little money up front.
Call Jayson Nag at (817) 900-2823. Even if you are not sure whether you qualify, it is worth the call. We don’t charge for phone consults and we can let you know whether you are eligible and how much it will cost in about 5-10 minutes.