When you’re arrested and charged with a crime in Texas, you are going to have some sort of criminal record. If you don’t expunge your record, it will always be there, no matter how much time has passed. An order of nondisclosure can help you keep your criminal record hidden from the public.
Order of nondisclosure
Once you have been granted an order of nondisclosure, the general public will not be able to see your criminal record. This includes potential employers and landlords. Public entities, such as the police or court system, will still have access to your criminal record.
How long does it take for the order to go into effect?
It usually takes about 15 days for the order to go into effect. A court judge must sign the order before it’s considered valid. The expungement process, on the other hand, can take months.
Eligibility for an order of nondisclosure
You need to be on deferred adjudication probation in order to be eligible for an order of nondisclosure. This means that you are likely a first-time offender and you have not been convicted of a crime.
You have to complete the terms of your deferred adjudication probation to qualify for an order of nondisclosure.
Does the order of nondisclosure apply to all crimes?
No, the order of nondisclosure only applies to certain crimes. Firstly, the crime must have been a misdemeanor or a felony that was punishable by jail time. The crime cannot be a sex offense, drug offense, or violent offense. The order of nondisclosure also does not apply to federal crimes or state felonies.
An order of nondisclosure can be a great way to protect your privacy and future employment prospects. If you are eligible for an order of nondisclosure, you should consider taking advantage of this process if it is necessary.