Record Sealing

In Texas, records of some crimes can be expunged, which means that the record is sealed or erased in the eyes of the law. Records of other crimes that are not eligible for expungement may be eligible for orders of non-disclosure. This process is similar to expungement; the state will only be able to disclose information about the criminal record to other law enforcement, licensing agencies or other governmental entities for specific purposes.  

Records That Can Be Sealed

Not all criminal records are eligible for orders of non-disclosure.  If you meet the following criteria, you may be able to obtain an order of non-disclosure:

  • You entered a plea of guilty or no contest.
  • The judge deferred further proceedings against you and placed you on community supervision (probation) without a finding of guilt.
  • You successfully completed and have been discharged from community supervision.
  • The case against you has been dismissed.
  • You meet the waiting period after completing your sentence.
The waiting period for orders of non-disclosure depend on the crime involved:
  • No Waiting Period (Misdemeanors): Prostitution, Possession of Marijuana, Theft, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespass, Bad Checks
  • Two Year Waiting Period (Misdemeanors): Public Lewdness, Indecent Exposure, Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon
  • Five Year Waiting Period (Felonies): Possession of a Controlled Substance, Theft, Forgery, Burglary of a Habitation, Fraud

If you meet the above criteria, contact the Law Office of Chad West today to discuss the possibility of obtaining an order of non-disclosure.

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Benefits of An Order of Non-Disclosure

Once you’ve completed your sentence and the case has been dismissed, you may not see the point in going through the extra step of getting an order of non-disclosure.  

In fact, there are many reasons to obtain a Texas order of non-disclosure:

  • You will become eligible for student loans again, if you had lost eligibility due to your conviction.
  • You will not have to disclose to employers that you were convicted of a crime.
  • You may become eligible for housing assistance and other type of public benefits.
  • You can apply for more types of professional licenses and certificates.
  • You can tell your family and friends that you have not been convicted of a crime.
  • You can stop being worried about someone performing a background check on you.

Deciding to pursue an order of non-disclosure is a positive step for most people.  

If you hire the Law Office of Chad West, you will have the following additional benefits:

  • You will be represented by an experienced attorney.
  • The process will be started within 24 hours so that you get the fastest possible results.
  • Our office pays the filing fees.
  • It only takes one call to start the process: 214-509-7555.
  • We provide deep discounts for multiple convictions.
  • We accept credit cards and offer flexible payment plans.
  • We will write letters to potential employers explaining your situation while you wait for your order.

Record Sealing Attorneys in Dallas, Texas

Having a criminal impact can have serious impact on your personal and professional life. Having that record sealed can help you get your life back on track. If you meet the eligibility criteria for an order of non-disclosure, or if you simply want to find out if you may be eligible for an order, contact the Law Office of Chad West today.