How long does a conviction stay on record?

Anyone who has ever committed, and been convicted of, a criminal offense, has a criminal record. If you have a criminal record, then you could be denied employment, housing, and many other opportunities. It is important to know that there are a number of ways to have your criminal record cleared up. Depending on the offense that you were convicted of, you may need to wait longer to have it removed from your record. There are many factors surrounding a criminal conviction, and there are different time frames concerning each, and your criminal record. Below you will find just a few examples, and how much time you could expect for your given situation:

DWI Conviction
Texas has severe laws concerning drinking and driving. If you have been convicted of even your first DWI, then it may stay on your record forever. This just means that it will not leave your criminal record on its own; you will need to take action to have it removed if you qualify. It is crucial that you have knowledgeable legal representation on your side for this process.

Theft Conviction
A theft conviction can sometimes be expunged from your record in the state of Texas. If the theft offense was a misdemeanor, then you should retain the services of an experienced attorney, and begin pursuing the expungement process.

Felony Conviction
If you are convicted of a felony in the state of Texas, then expungement eligibility will depend on the specifics of your case. In some situations, you may be able to begin pursuing an expungement after 7-10 years depending on jurisdiction. Discuss your case with a Denton criminal defense lawyer to learn more about your situation, and how to go about having the record removed.

Wheeler Law Office is a Denton criminal defense law firm with years of experience, 24/7 contact availability, and flat fee pricing. Contact the office today to discuss the situation that you face, and how we can help you.