If all these circumstances fit the bill, we can petition the court on your behalf to erase the slate and set you free of your past. You will be able to legally deny an arrest ever even happened, never have to mark it on an employment application, and the records will vanish from all databases.
Another option is to obtain an “Order of Non-Disclosure.” Like Expunctions, an Order of Non-Disclosure allows you to also deny an arrest occurred, but there are critical differences.
Non-Disclosure is available to those who successfully complete deferred adjudication for a Class B or higher criminal offense. Once granted, the Order prevents law enforcement agencies, jails, courts and other public information agencies from releasing arrest information to private third parties – but – the Order does NOT prevent law enforcement agencies from sharing the information with one another or with certain authorized agencies, like school districts. The arrest information may also be revealed if there’s subsequent criminal prosecution.
You are eligible for a Non-Disclosure Order upon completion of your deferred adjudication requirements if the crime did not involve, sex, guns or violence. If it did, there’s a 5-yeat waiting period before you can apply. In felony arrest cases, the waiting period is 10 years.
Orders of Non-disclosure are not available to those receiving deferred adjudication for kidnapping, sex crimes, abandonment or endangerment of a child, injury to a child, the elderly or disabled, violation of a protective order, stalking or crimes involving family violence.
Important to note, a Judge seals the records believing it serves the best interest of justice, but judges are NOT required to grand Non-Disclosure to everyone who qualifies.
Let Jarvis Law Firm review your case and evaluate your chances of getting a fresh, clean start.