Many people believe that when they successfully complete deferred adjudication community supervision, their criminal record is automatically sealed. This is simply inaccurate. Unless you seek and obtain an Order of Nondisclosure, the fact of your arrest and placement on deferred adjudication community supervision may be available to private parties researching your background and may affect your ability to obtain the employment you seek.
Many people also believe that they are eligible to have their records expunged following the successful completion of deferred adjudication community supervision. This is also inaccurate.
Eligibility for Orders of Nondisclosure
If you have successfully completed deferred adjudication community supervision, you may be eligible for an Order of Nondisclosure. Generally, upon successful completion you may obtain an Order from the Court to criminal justice agencies prohibiting them from disclosing your criminal history record information to the public, in effect sealing your records.
For many misdemeanors, your eligibility for a Nondisclosure Order is immediate upon discharge from supervision. For some misdemeanors, there is a waiting period that must expire before you are eligible. For all felony deferred adjudication cases there is a waiting period before you are eligible to obtain a Nondisclosure Order.
Call a Criminal Defense Attorney to Discuss Nondisclosure Orders
Please bear in mind that the statute controlling Nondisclosure Orders is complicated. There are many exceptions in the law regulating your eligibility to obtain a Nondisclosure Order. An experienced criminal defense lawyer could help you find out whether you are eligible for an Order of Nondisclosure.
Call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We have decades of experience in expunction and Non-Disclosure of criminal and arrest records serving Plano, Frisco, McKinney, and all of Collin County, Texas.