Many people think their criminal record in Texas is cleared if the charges are dismissed or they successfully complete the terms of their deferred judgment agreement. However, the arrest and court proceedings remain a part of your public record unless you take action to remove this information. This means your future employer, bank or anyone else searching for this information will see specific details about your criminal past.
Keep in mind, not all matters are eligible to be “expunged” (or cleared) from your record. For example, if you are found guilty by a jury or enter a guilty plea as part of your plea bargain then you are not able to get this information removed. Also, a “no contest” plea pursuant to a deferred adjudication (or “deferred judgement” plea) has the same legal ramifications as a guilty plea in this regard. You will also need to wait a specified time before applying for an expunction. For misdemeanors, that is usually 1 year and for felonies it’s 3 years.
If you are eligible for expunction, you can legally state you have never been arrested or charged with a crime.
If you don’t qualify for expungement and unable to get your record cleared using this process, you may still be able to get your criminal record sealed using an option called a “non-disclosure order”. Unlike expungement, your records won’t be completely cleared. However, it will not be viewable by the general public in most circumstances. Governmental agencies will still be able to view this information, just not the general public.
For misdemeanors, you are generally eligible for a non-disclosure order once you complete the terms of your deferred adjudication plea; for felonies, you must wait at least 5 years before being eligible to seal your records.may be able to completely erase your past mistakes or, at least minimize the impact of your past mistakes, using one of these processes.
Bobbitt Law may be able to completely erase your past mistakes or, at least minimize the impact of your past mistakes, using one of these processes. Call us today!
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