ERASE YOU CRIMINAL RECORD!
Is a Past Mistake Still Holding You Back?
In the age of the Internet, your past mistakes are more accessible to the public than ever. Criminal databases are being created everyday aggregating information on people publishing that information for free on the internet. We help people erase those mistakes so that they can move on with their lives.
If you have been placed on deferred adjudication for a felony or a misdemeanor A or B, you may have your records sealed by petitioning the court for non-disclosure of your criminal records if deferred adjudication was successfully completed and the charge was dismissed. Once sealed, you will be able honestly say you have not been arrested, placed on deferred adjudication, or convicted. The state will only be allowed to disclose information about the case to certain criminal justice agencies.
With more than 80 percent of employers conducting background checks, an order of non-disclosure (record sealing) is a great investment.
To be eligible, you must have successfully completed deferred adjudication, and in some instances, meet a waiting period (2 years for some misdemeanors & 5 years for felonies). Not all offenses are eligible. Call Today to See if you are eligible.
The typical case in Texas takes about 4 to 6 months. The courts operate on a first-come, first served basis, so the sooner you start, the sooner your record is cleared.
Our flat-fee includes all costs. We will conduct the research, file the necessary motions, respond to written or oral opposition from the District attorney, and send one of our attorneys to court to argue the case in front of the judge.
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Benefits of Texas Order of Non-Disclosure
- Gets the arrest and conviction off of your record.
- Allows you to tell potential employers that you have not been arrest and/or convicted of the crime.
- You may become eligible for more types of professional licenses and certificates.
- Can greatly improve your earning capacity by opening countless job opportunities.
- Stop fearing or being embarrassed when someone does a background check on you.
- You may become eligible for more and better student loans.
- You may become eligible for more and better housing assistance and opportunities.
- Tell friends and family that you have not been arrested and/or convicted of a crime.
Did you receive a POM at age 19? A DWI at age 21? Or is there some other small smudge on your criminal background record? If you have been successful on deferred adjudication probation, you may be able to control access to your criminal record through an Order for Non-Disclosure. Once sealed, you may legally and truthfully deny your criminal conviction.
What is an Order of Non-Disclosure?
An Order of Non-Disclosure is an order from the court effectively sealing your record from the public. It allows an individual to deny arrest or prosecution for which public information exists unless they are being prosecuted for a subsequent offense.
Benefits of a Texas Order of Non-Disclosure:
- Tell employers that you have not been convicted of a crime
- Become eligible for student loans
- Become eligible for housing assistance
- Become eligible for more types of professional licenses and certificates
- Tell friends and family that you have not been convicted of a crime
- No more fear or embarrassment when someone does a background check.
Who is eligible?
You may qualify for an Order of Non-Disclosure if you satisfy the following requirements:
- You entered a plea of guilty or no contest; AND
- The judge deferred further proceedings against you and placed you on community supervision (probation) without a finding of guilt; AND
- You have been successfully discharged from community supervision; AND
- The case against you has been dismissed; AND
- You meet waiting period after completing your sentence:
- No waiting period for most misdemeanors
- 5-year waiting period for misdemeanors under Chapters 20 (kidnapping, unlawful restraint), 21(sexual offenses), 22 (assaultive offenses), 25 (offenses against the family), 42 (disorderly related offenses), and 46 (weapons offenses) of the Penal Code
- 5-year waiting period for all felonies.
Who is not eligible?
The following offenses are not eligible:
- Aggravated Kidnapping
- Sex Offender
- Capital Murder
- Injury to children, elderly, or disabled individuals
- Child abandonment or endangerment
- Family violence
An expungement means that all records related to a particular arrest are deleted or destroyed. If your criminal record is expunged and you are later arrested, neither the police nor the prosecutor nor the court itself should be able to find any records relating to the old arrest which resulted in a dismissal or acquittal.
Ask yourself these questions to see if you can get an expungement (or expunction in legalese) – and wipe your criminal records clean.
Has your old case been tried to either a judge or a jury and were you found not guilty of the crime with which you were charged?
If your answer is “no, I was not found not guilty; I was convicted after the trial,” then you cannot get an expungement.
If your answer is “yes, my case was tried to a judge or to a jury, and yes I was found not guilty,” then lace on your running shoes. If you apply for your expungement within 30 days of the acquittal, you’re able to get it without paying so much in court costs. But before taking off running, read on to make sure you’re eligible.
If you were found not guilty, were you convicted of some other offense that came out of the same event that led to your charge?
If your answer is “yes, I was convicted of some other offense that came out of the same event,” then you cannot get your arrest record expunged.
If your answer is “no, I was not convicted of any other offense that came out of the same event,” then read on.
Was your case dismissed and were you charged with a felony or a misdemeanor?
If your answer is “my case was dismissed, and I was charged with a misdemeanor,” then please answer these 2 questions:
- Do you have any felony convictions within the 5 years before the arrest that led to you being accused of a misdemeanor? If yes, you can’t get an expungement. If no, then please answer the next questions.
- How much time has passed since the date you allegedly committed the misdemeanor? If your answer is: two years or less, you will have to wait until two years and one day have passed. If your answer is: at least two years and one day, then you can apply for an expungement.
If your answer is “I was charged with a felony, but the prosecutor dismissed the case against me,” then please answer these 5 questions:
- Was the charge for murder, manslaughter, sexual assault of a child or aggravated sexual assault, continuous sexual abuse of a young child, indecency with a child, or leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of a person? If your answer is yes, you cannot get an expungement. If your answer is “no, I wasn’t charged with any of those things,” then read on.
- Were you charged with theft of any estate when you were the executor, administrator, guardian, or trustee; theft by a public servant of government property; forgery or passing forged instruments (writings); first degree felony injury to an elderly or disabled individual; sexual assault other than of a child; or arson? If your answer is “yes, I was charged with one of those,” then you have to wait 10 years and 1 day after the date of the alleged offense. If your answer is “no, I wasn’t charged with any of those offenses,” then read on.
- Were you charged with misapplication of fiduciary property or property of a financial institution; securing execution of a document by deception (often times that is welfare fraud); any violations of the tax code; credit or debit card abuse; false statement to obtain property or credit (often times that is lying to a pawn shop employee by saying something is yours when you pawn it); or fraudulent use or possession of identifying information (identity theft); or money laundering? If your answer was “yes, I was charged with one of those,” then has it been seven years and one day since the date of the last alleged offense? If that was the offense charged, but that amount of time has not passed, then you have to wait the full period. If none of those were your offense, then read on.
- Were you charged with robbery; felony theft (at least $1500 or more); kidnapping; burglary; felony injury to an elderly or disabled individual that was not a first degree felony; abandoning or endangering a child; or insurance fraud? If your answer was “yes,” I was charged with that, then the question is, have 5 years and one day passed since the last date of the alleged offense? If yes, then you can apply for an expungement. If not, you have to wait the full 5 years and 1 day, but you need to read on anyway. You’ll see why. If none of those were the charge against you, then read on.
- Were you charged with employing, authorizing, or inducing a sexual performance of a child; aggravated kidnapping with intent to violate or abuse sexually; burglary of a habitation with intent to commit sexual assault; aggravated sexual assault; or continuous sexual abuse of a child? If your answer is “yes, I was charged with one of those,” then sit down because you’re going to have to do some math. First, if the victim was under 17 when the offense was alleged to have been committed, you need to know when the child turned 18. From that date, add 20 years and one day. Has that much time passed? If yes, then you can petition for expungement. If no, then you have to wait that period of time out.
Now, sometimes, on rare occasions, someone is able to prove that the indictment or information (the piece of paper that charged you with a crime) was dismissed because of a mistake or some reason indicating the absence of probable cause at the time of the dismissal. But honestly, it’s nearly impossible to get a felony indictment expunged off your record for that reason.
What is the difference between an expungement and an order of nondisclosure?
With an order of nondisclosure, the record exists; it’s just that the clerk of court and other agencies are under an order not to disclose that record with certain exceptions. One exception would be that you are applying for a job with the government, say as a law-enforcement agent. As you can imagine, the government would be interested in knowing whether you have been on probation or whether you have been charged.
If you are eligible for an expungement of criminal records, call an attorney who practices in the county where your case was handled. Lawyers who don’t practice in that county won’t know the local practices on some of the finer, but still important, points.