Is Your Criminal Record Eligible for Non-Disclosure?

Our Dallas Criminal Attorney Can Inform You of Your Right to Petition

Photo of a Dallas criminal recordA criminal history can affect your opportunity for employment as well as other factors in your life. However, certain situations may allow you to put this information from your criminal record in the past. The non-disclosure of criminal records bans criminal justice agencies from divulging any public criminal history related to the non-disclosed offense. This action is an ideal option for many seeking to move on with their lives after a criminal conviction, but the process may prove complex without the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney.

Attorney Christy Harris gained significant experience in criminal cases while working for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, and now uses this knowledge to represent those trying to protect themselves from criminal charges. Our Dallas criminal lawyer Christy Harris can advise you with your petition for the non-disclosure of criminal records, and she will work alongside you to clean up your criminal history.

When is Non-Disclosure of Criminal Records an Option?

Section 411.081 of Texas Government Code states that individuals who complete deferred adjudication community supervision may request an order of non-disclosure. Deferred adjudication occurs when a judge puts off a determination of guilt, despite the presence of enough evidence to find a defendant guilty. The judge sentences the individual to community supervision, which is a type of probation. Serving this sentence allows the individual to apply for non-disclosure.

Anyone who commits certain crimes such as murder, indecency with a child, sexual assault, stalking or any family violence offense is ineligible for non-disclosure. Those seeking non-disclosure are encouraged to speak with a criminal defense attorney to determine their eligibility.

How Can I Petition for Non-Disclosure of Criminal Records?

To petition for non-disclosure, you must prepare the petition for non-disclosure of criminal records along with other paperwork, and file this paperwork with the court to receive a hearing date. You must then send a copy of the paperwork to the District Attorney’s office. Finally, you must appear in court where the judge will hear your case and make a decision regarding non-disclosure. If you are successful, only other criminal justice agencies, educational agencies (such as those seeking to work, volunteer or become a student at a university, school district or similar educational organization) and yourself may obtain the information on your record, as it will no longer available to the public. You may also truthfully state that you never received a conviction of the offense.

Get Help Filing Non-Disclosure Petitions from Our Dallas Criminal Lawyer

Seeking non-disclosure is a complex legal process, but seeking the assistance of our Dallas criminal attorney can ensure that you take all the correct measures to improve your chances of receiving an approval for your petition. Call the Law Office of Christine Harris today at (214) 646-1818, and she can advise you on your eligibility as well as how to proceed with gaining non-disclosure of your criminal records.

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