Good evening, and thanks for your question.
Unfortunately, the state of Texas is not good about allowing its convicted offenders to expunge their records. Unless you received a deferral on your felony and a dismissal of your sentence
after the completion of your probation, you will not be eligible to get your record expunged until you first obtain a pardon by the governor.
Here is the Texas Expungement Law
. If you are eligible, the link will explain how you would have to proceed in section #5. You would have to petition the court
. Strictly speaking you would not need a lawyer to file for an expungement
, if you were comfortable doing your own paperwork and appearing in court on your own behalf. There are, however, lawyers who specialize in expungements and pardons.
If it turns out that you don't meet the conditions necessary for an expungement, then you'd have to apply for a pardon. Getting a pardon is very difficult, but if you can get one granted, you could then go back and petition the court for the expungement, for which you would then be eligible. You could do this yourself as well.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
screens applicants for pardons in your state. I have linked you to their site where you can find more information and downloadable forms.. Once again, you would not be required to hire a lawyer to apply for this. The pardon doesn't erase your conviction but it is official recognition from the state that you've turned your life around. It's good to have even if you don't go on from there to seek an expungement.