Expunctions and Nondisclosures
Expunctions (expungements) and Nondisclosures (sealing) are procedures that a previous offender can use to clean up his or her criminal history records. We know that criminal history records can adversely affect job searches, education admission, professional licenses, and credit scores.In the state of Texas, an expunction can be used to permanently remove entries from an adult criminal history record, but its usage is very limited and can only apply to some offenses. Nondisclosures, on the other hand, conceal specific offenses from public disclosure such that they don’t appear in public and private background searches. However, sealed offenses are still visible to criminal justice agencies, licensing agencies, and certain government entities.
deferred adjudication for Class C misdemeanors
cases where an individual was acquitted of the charges
cases where charges were dismissed
convictions that were pardoned
cases where an individual was never formally charged with a crime
A deferred adjudication is a privilege granted usually to first-time offenders charged with misdemeanors where a person pleads guilty to the offense and the judge defers a finding of guilt. Class C misdemeanors are the lowest level of non-traffic offenses, which never results in jail time, but only a fine of up to $500.
Application for Expunctions should be filed in the arresting county along with a fingerprint card from the Department of Public Safety. The clerk from the arresting country will then notify the Department of Public Safety and schedule a court hearing no earlier than 30 days from the date of filing. Close relatives of someone who recently passed away may also file an expunction request on behalf of the deceased.
Automatic nondisclosure applies to first-time misdemeanors that were dismissed and discharged after August 31, 2017. If all requirements are met, the judge must order nondisclosure once six months have passed after the date an individual was placed on deferred adjudication. A filing for nondisclosure in such cases is not required. However, prudence dictates that the concerned individual should make sure that the court has done so.
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As a Houston criminal lawyer that espouses compassion and open-mindedness, Joaquin Jimenez has a soft spot for first-time petty crime offenders. He believes–as the law also provides – that they deserve a second chance to start anew without the baggage of their previous shortcomings. If you or someone you know qualifies for an expunction or nondisclosure procedure, choose Joaquin Jimenez. Call us now to schedule an appointment.