Once a person completes deferred adjudication probation they get one step closer to potentially non-disclosing their record. A non-disclosure order will prohibit public entities from disclosing certain criminal records. While a non-disclosure order will not completely remove the charge and arrest from your record, it is still a useful tool in sealing a criminal record from the public’s eye.
Depending on the underlying charge there may be a waiting period even after you complete your probation period before you can seek a non-disclosure. While some misdemeanors have no waiting period others have a two-year waiting period. All felonies have a waiting period of five years before someone can petition the court for a non-disclosure.
Even if a person completes their deferred probation and has finished the waiting period they are not automatically entitled to a non-disclosure. For example, if at any point during the probationary period or waiting period a person is convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for a separate offense, they will be barred from seeking a non-disclosure for the original charge. Additionally, if the underlying charge involves family violence you will be barred from getting a non-disclosure.
The State of Texas imposes several restrictions and requirements regarding non-disclosures, so it is vital to get an attorney who understands the ins and outs of non-disclosures. If you have completed a deferred adjudication probation contact an experienced attorney at the Edgett Law Firm to see if you are entitled to apply for a non-disclosure today.