Texas Expunctions & “Criminal Episodes”
Getting an expunction in Texas is a way for people to legally eliminate information about their criminal records, including arrests. Expunctions are already rare and can be difficult to obtain. They become much more complex if you face multiple charges. To obtain an expunction, there are certain requirements that you must meet. However, you may be ineligible on a charge depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest. If you are looking for an “expunction lawyer near me”, contact our office. We will discuss your eligibility for an expunction.
Texas Code of Criminal Procedure § 55.01 deals with expunctions. Specifically, subsection (c) states, in essence, that a court may not expunge one charge if the person is still subject to prosecution (or was convicted for) another offense from the same “criminal episode.” Section 3.01 of the Texas Penal Code defines a “criminal episode” as:
- A commission of two or more offenses, regardless of whether the actor directs or inflicts the harm on more than one person or item of property, under the following circumstances:
- the offenses are committed pursuant to [transactions] that are connected or constitute a common scheme or plan; or
- the offenses are the repeated commission of the same or similar offenses.
Here is where the law gets more ridiculous. Look at the “same or similar offenses” language above. Courts interpret the “same or similar offenses” language to mean that a second DWI is NOT eligible for expunction. Unfortunately, a DWI 2 is a “similar” offense to a first-time DWI, so even a “not guilty” does not help.
- You cannot have the court expunge a dismissed charged if there is a “companion” case
- You cannot expunge a second-time offense because it is a “similar” offense.
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