Sealing Criminal Records in San Antonio
Let Our Firm Guide You Through the Process
While certain individuals may not be eligible to have former criminal convictions
expunged from their record, Texas has recently implemented laws that may
help. Sensitive criminal record information may now be sealed, or removed
from public access under an order of non-disclosure. This can be a significant
benefit for those whose lives have been drastically impacted by past mistakes.
At The Law Office of John J. Fox, our
criminal defense team can help you understand the process of obtaining an order for non-disclosure.
We believe that individuals who have grown from past mistakes should not
continue to be burdened by them. Criminal records can affect your ability
to find work and can also place a burden on familial and personal relationships.
Our team has nearly 20 years of experience that we will put to work for you.
Contact our office at (210) 460-1221 to begin the process of determining your eligibility
for this important benefit.
How do I get an order of non-disclosure?
It is important to note that Orders of Non-disclosure do not permanently
remove your criminal record. What it does do is
seal your record from public view, which grants you the ability to deny your arrest and conviction on applications
and when being questioned by landlords, employers and others. However,
even under an Order of Non-disclosure, law enforcement and court authorities
can still access your criminal record and use the information against
you if you are arrested for criminal charges in the future.
In order to obtain an order, a petition must be researched and filed with
the Court along with the appropriate filing fee. Eligible individuals
include those who have been convicted of certain
misdemeanors and received deferred adjudication probation. If the probation is successfully
completed, without additional arrests, you may be eligible to request
a non-disclosure order.
When will I become eligible?
Eligibility is not automatic or immediate. In each case, there are certain
waiting periods that must be completed before you can file a petition
for a non-disclosure order. These waiting periods are as follows:
Misdemeanor Offenses - If you have completed a deferred adjudication probation for certain
misdemeanors, the waiting period is 2 years from date you complete your
probation and your case is dismissed.
All Other Misdemeanor Offenses - You may file immediately upon completion of your probation and dismissal
of your case, with no waiting period, for any misdemeanor not listed above.
Felony Offenses - For most felony offenses, you must wait 5 years from date of discharge
from probation and the dismissal of the case to apply for Non-disclosure
of your record.
Prohibited Felony Offenses - If you have received deferred adjudication for certain felony offenses
you are NOT eligible to seek Non-disclosure
Will anyone still have access to my records?
The Non-disclosure statute still allows DPS to grant access to your criminal
history record information only to the following parties:
- Criminal justice agencies
- Non-criminal justice agencies authorized by federal statute or executive
order or by state statute to receive criminal history information, and
All other persons and groups are denied access to your records. Even the
existence of the Non-disclosure Order is sealed. Persons who violate an
Order will be subject to civil sanctions by the Attorney General's
Office - a first offense will generate a warning; subsequent violations
will generate a civil penalty of $500 each.
Retain compassionate representation today!
By completing a Deferred Adjudication probation you have demonstrated that
you are the kind of person who is entitled to a second chance at establishing
a successful future for you and your family.
Call a San Antonio criminal defense lawyer at our office today for a free
consultation to have us begin the process of determining if your records can be sealed
via an Order of Non-disclosure.