What is the Difference Between an Expunction and Order of Non-Disclosure?
Austin Expunction Attorney and Austin Non-Disclosure Lawyer Jason Trumpler
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The only way to be sure if you are eligible for an expunction (expungement) or non-disclosure or not is to contact an attorney for a consultation. You can contact our office at 512-457-5200.
WHAT IS AN EXPUNCTION?
An expunction completely eliminates a charge from your "formal" criminal history as it is a related to a specific arrest. It is important to note that expunctions are arrest specfici. I use the caveat "formal" here due to the fact that because the internet has a litany of criminal background check websites, even after a successful expunction, it may be possible to find your criminal history on a web site that is not part of the formal criminal justice system despite an order from the Department of Public Safety requiring removal.
WHEN AM I ELIGIBLE FOR AN EXPUNCTION?
WHAT IS A NON-DISCLOSURE?
A non-disclosure can allow a court, under certain circumstances, to prohibit criminal justice agencies from disclosing to the public criminal history information of an offender. There are many offenses, however, for which this procedure is unavailable. Due to recent changes in legislations there are many offenses which are no eligible for non-disclosure, which were not otherewise previously eligible, including DWI. In addition, you may be eligible for non-disclosure for some offenses for which you were actually convicted. In the past, state law required that you be placed on deferred adjudication probation. It is best that you contact a lawyer to discusss whether you may be eligible for a non-disclosure or not.