Order of Non-Disclosure
If you’ve ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, you have a criminal history. Your criminal history can lower your chances of finding a job, renting a home or obtaining loans. Fortunately, you have options for concealment of your records.
Though many people are familiar with the process of erasing or expunging criminal arrests, most defendants do not qualify for this process. If you do not qualify for an expunction, you may be eligible for an order of non-disclosure. Non-disclosure is similar to expungement because it prevents others from accessing your criminal history.
However, unlike expunction, non-disclosure does not eliminate your arrest or crime; instead, it simply hides your criminal history from the public eye. With the help of a non-disclosure lawyer, your records can be sealed so that prospective employers and landlords won’t know about your prior criminal offenses.
Criminal Background Checks
Your criminal record will follow you throughout your life. Your history of crime will show up on background checks conducted during many application processes. If you do not want your criminal record to haunt you, contact a qualified order of non-disclosure attorney who can help you seal your record.
Are You Eligible for a Non-Disclosure Order?
You are eligible to file for an order of non-disclosure only after you have completed deferred adjudication probation for certain misdemeanor and felony charges. A non-disclosure attorney is very useful to have, since he can guide you through the process. For some crimes, you can apply for non-disclosure right after your deferred adjudication ends. For other offenses, you will have a waiting period of two to five years.
Here are a few examples of crimes for each filing period. If you would like to see a full list, contact an order of non-disclosure lawyer today.
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You can file immediately for:
- Criminal trespassing
- Resisting arrest
- Possession of marijuana
- Petty (misdemeanor) theft
- Criminal mischief
After two years, you can file for:
You are ineligible for non-disclosure if you have ever been required to register as a sex offender, or if you have been accused of any of the following offenses:
- Sexual assault
- Child abuse or child endangerment
- Indecency with a child
- Assault of a family member
- Promotion or possession of child pornography
- Aggravated kidnapping
Contact a Houston Orders of Non-Disclosure Attorney
An order of non-disclosure can give you peace of mind. If you were previously arrested by police, the concealment of your criminal record can increase your odds of securing a new job or obtaining a bank loan.
To learn more about non-disclosure orders, call the Houston criminal attorneys of Madrid Law at 713-877-9400.