Texas seems to be one of those states with the strictest expungement laws. I am looking for a lawyer in Houson, TX who can help me seal my record. If anybody has had a positive experience with an attorney in that area, please point me in the right direction.
When I was 19, I had a petty theft/shoplifting charge. It was a stupid, girlish thing to do. I got deferred adjudication, which at the time, believe it or not, the cop himself explained to me would be a dismissal, so I went for it. The decrepit attorney to whom I paid $200 was more than happy to just collect the money and be done with the adjudication, which I believe *I* explained to *him*. He looked like he hadn't had a case in decades. That was foolish of me. Fifteen years later, it still sits on my record although I have never been in any trouble outside of that and am a very accomplished professional adult now. The item was around $50 or something like that. I'm not sure what punishment, if any, that kind of offense woult net you these days. It has been a stubborn and unfortunate stain on an otherwise spotless record. That deferred adjudication really has been no better than having an outright conviction, which I feel is sad and unfair if you consider the context of my whole life, the pettiness of the crime, and my age at the time. I've never understood the point of deferred adjudication as a result. At least nowadays, you can apply for non-disclosure, and that's exactly what I want to do.
Thanks in advance.