What are some general guidelines to follow for my court appearance?
David Hilburn Law recommends showing up 15 minutes early to your court appearance. Go to your assigned courtroom and be ready to respond for the roll to be called (not in the courthouse hallway). Make sure you are clean of any illegal substances and dressed appropriately and respectively for court. This means no shorts or t-shirts.
Can I get my record expunged?
Similar to many situations in law, it depends on the facts. If your misdemeanor case was dismissed, it is likely you are eligible for an expunction. However, if the case involves a felony, matters are more complicated and your attorney will need to research the situation. In some cases, a client may be entitled to a non-disclosure or a sealing of the record if the client was placed on deferred adjudication probation and successfully completed said probation.
Is it important to get my criminal case records expunged or sealed if possible?
Yes! This procedure allows the client to truthfully state on a job application that he/she has never been convicted, prosecuted or even arrested. The arrest will be taken off official databases for public viewing.
Will I have to say anything in court?
You have the right to allocation. This means you have the right to say what you would like on your behalf to the judge at sentencing. You are not required to say anything, but you can if you would like.
What are the ways my case can be disposed of in court?
A case must be disposed with a disposition code. When there are different charge dispositions on a case, you will use the highest ranking charge disposition for the case disposition.