What is a Non-Disclosure?
A non-disclosure is when you are trying to seal your criminal record due to the successful completion of deferred adjudication for an eligible offense. The most common crimes that are not eligible for non-disclosure are the following: Capital Murder, Murder, Sexual Offenses, Aggravated Kidnapping, Injury to children or the elderly, Violation of Protective Order, and Assault-Family Violence. In addition, certain misdemeanors require a two-year waiting period from your date of discharge. There is a five-year waiting period for felonies.
Sealing Your Record in Fort Worth
If you do qualify for non-disclosure, you need a Criminal Attorney in Fort Worth, such as the criminal attorneys with the Fulgham Law Firm, to file a petition for non-disclosure. If the judge signs the order, the clerk must send a copy of the order to the Crime Records Service of the Department of Public Safety within 15 business days.
The Texas Department of Public Safety must seal any criminal history information within ten days of receiving the order and send the order or information to state officials and entities. The State Officials and Entities must seal any criminal history record information within 30 business days of receiving the order from the court clerk. Texas Government Code §411.081 explains in detail the right to a non-disclosure.
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