How Do I Seal My Record?
Once your criminal case is resolved, there is still work to be done by an expunction lawyer. You need to have our record sealed. Sealing your record means that your criminal history will not show on background checks. This is typically done with either an expunction or nondisclosure order. Arrests that were never charged can still show up on a background check until you seal your record. A Fort Worth expunction lawyer can advise you of your rights and options for sealing your record.
If you have completed a Deferred Probation/Adjudication, had criminal charges against you dismissed, or were arrested and never charged, then you may be eligible to have your record sealed. Contact us to speak to a Fort Worth expunction lawyer to find out if you are eligible to have your criminal record sealed. We handle nondisclosure orders and expunctions in Tarrant county.
What is an Expunction?
An expunction, also called expungement, is a court order ordering public entities such as courts and police departments to destroy certain criminal records. An expunction essentially erases your criminal history. Typically, a person is eligible for an expunction when charges are not filed, dismissed, a class C misdemeanor is deferred, or if found not guilty. Many diversion programs, like Tarrant county's Deferred Prosecution Program (DPP) or First Offender Drug Program (FODP), also make a person expunction eligible.
Waiting periods are complicated and can sometimes be waived by agreement with the District Attorney. Contact our Fort Worth expunction lawyer to find out if you are eligible.
What is a Nondisclosure Order?
An nondisclosure order is a court order prohibiting public entities such as courts and police departments from disclosing certain criminal records. Like an expunction, a non-disclosure order seals your record from public view. This means you do not need to disclose prior arrests on job applications. Typically, a person is eligible for a nondisclosure order after completing deferred probation.
Felonies have a 5-year waiting period before being eligible to file for a nondisclosure order. Some misdemeanors have a 2-year waiting period while others have no waiting period. Contact our Fort Worth nondisclosure lawyer to find out if you are eligible.