Texas Order of Non-Disclosure Law Firm

In Texas, prosecutors often offer defendants deferred adjudication in exchange for a “guilty” or “no contest” plea. Deferred adjudication means that the judgment on the charges is postponed for a set probationary period. When that period is over and if the conditions of the probation are successfully met, the charges are then dismissed.

Many people falsely believe that once they have completed their deferred adjudication they will no longer have a criminal record. In truth, while your record will not show a criminal conviction, a record of your arrest and the court action will remain available for public view in a background check. In order to truly clear your record following a deferred adjudication, you need an Order of Non-Disclosure. At Phil Meyer, PLLC, we are experienced non-disclosure attorneys. We understand how important Orders of Non-Disclosures are to our clients’ futures, and we personally guide our clients through the process.

Sealing Your Record Through Non-Disclosure

Obtaining an Order of Non-Disclosure is commonly referred to as sealing your record. When your record is sealed, only those who are authorized by state of federal statute to view your record may do so. Most employers will not have access to the information. The record is not destroyed, however, as it is with an expungement. It can still be accessed by certain government agencies, and it can still be used against you in a court of law.

While many charges are eligible for non-disclosure, there are some felony charges that can never be sealed. Additionally, you can only seal your most recent deferred adjudication, so it’s important to seek an Order of Non-Disclosure as soon as possible. With most misdemeanors there is not waiting period before you can seal the record. With felonies, however, there usually is a waiting period.

If you have had a deferred adjudication, contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We can answer all of your questions and start the process toward clearing your name.