Issues with the Texas criminal justice system may not end after a release from incarceration. A criminal record could follow someone around due to reports on background checks. Unfortunately, a criminal record might impact various areas of life, including financial ones. The possibility may exist to procure an expungement. Expunging a record could alleviate some financial problems a previous felon faces.
Suffering the financial impact of a criminal record
A background check might be a requirement for many things sought after in life. Jobseekers may find background checks prove unavoidable, and anyone interested in signing a lease for a preferred apartment could face the exact requirement. Sadly, discovering a criminal record on the review may lead to negative results. While unfair, such things happen.
Financial implications may result from the unfair effect of a troubled background check. Anyone finding the job search both problematic and frustrating may settle for the only available offers. Income potential could suffer dramatically under such circumstances.
Besides facing potential troubles with employment and apartment leasing, persons with criminal records might discover educational opportunities come with limitations. If a community college or another institution turns someone down due to a “failed” background check, the applicant finds continuing his or her education stalled. Less education might also hamper someone’s financial prospects in life.
Lost income and earning potential may lead to reduced savings and investments. These limitations could harm retirement planning and financial stability. Hopefully, for those worried about such wide-ranging implications, expungement could be an option.
Seeking an expungement
The American Bar Association defines “expungement” as removing or destroying state or federal criminal records. The rules for expungement vary from state to state.
Texas statutes present narrow rules for expungement eligibility. Persons arrested but not charged and convicted individuals who later received a pardon are two examples of eligible petitioners. Be aware that being eligible does not automatically mean approved. The petition process undergoes a review.
Under Texas law, it might be possible to seal records without an expungement. An attorney could explain both expungements and the sealing process and may discuss whether they are viable options. Both approaches could yield financial benefits.