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Can you have a felony taken off your record at any time. It

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Can you have a felony taken off your record at any time. It was about 10 or 15 yers ago and they have been in no trouble since.
Hello Jacustomer,

No, unfortunately, you can't expunge a felony at all in the state of Texas, regardless of how many years its been since the conviction. While some other states are generous in allowed to clea. up your record, Texas is not one of them. Texas won't expunge any convictions, not even a misdemeanor.

What you can though to lessen the effects of your criminal conviction would be to apply for a pardon from the governor. Pardons don't erase your record, but they do forgive it, which is still a pretty good deal if you can get one. This is a longshot, of course, but after 10 or 15 years, you might be a good candidate for one. Besides, it's free and you don't need a lawyer so you might as well try. Here's where you can find more information about it.

Another longshot possibility is to hire a lawyer and see if you can get your old case dismissed in the interest of justice. Judges have the power to do this, though they don't like to and they would need a compelling reason to do so for you. Some judges won't entertain a petition to do this at all. But it's worth talking to a local criminal lawyer to see if he thinks it's a viable possibility for you once he finds out who the judge is and some details about your case.

Sorry for being the bearer of bad news, but your state's laws are tough, and I have to call it like it is.
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