HOW THE APPEALS PROCESS WORKS
While the well-known saying is “innocent until proven guilty,” fighting for that innocence can sometimes be difficult. In Texas, there are 14 appellate courts, each of which is appointed 3 judges whose duties are to review the conviction. Those who have been convicted of crimes must make an appeal within 30 days of their sentencing if their case is to be reviewed. After submitting the appeal, judges look over the records and make judgments on whether or not the proceedings were carried out appropriately. They can also make decisions about whether or not to uphold the sentence.
EXPUNGING YOUR RECORD
Expungement, or expunction, is the process of removing from the public domain a criminal record. Once expunction is granted by a judge, the criminal record of that person is removed from public access.
It is possible to have your records expunged if:
- Your conviction was overturned by a successful appeal
- Your case was dismissed, or the charges against you were dropped
- The jury at your trial returned a verdict of not guilty
It may also be possible to file for a non-disclosure, which limits a criminal record so that only certain government agencies can view it. By preventing non-government individuals from seeing your record, it can be much easier to maintain your reputation. As non-disclosures are only granted if the individual’s history is low-risk, hiring a skilled attorney is crucial to helping the court form the right impression.