Petition for Nondisclosure

Petition for Nondisclosure

A criminal record shows up on background checks and negatively affects your reputation and opportunities in life.

Dr. Jason Trumpler helps eligible clients seal their records with a petition for nondisclosure.

Find out how our law practice serving Austin and Georgetown, TX, can help you…

Petition for Nondisclosure

What Is a Petition for Nondisclosure? 

A petition for nondisclosure allows people to seal their criminal records if certain requirements are met. Anyone who requests a background check won't be able to see the criminal charge unless they're a government agency or law enforcement. Private entities such as lenders or places of employment will have no idea the record exists, ensuring you never have to disclose criminal history information.

Why Choose Us?

In Practice Since 1999

Jason Trumpler has been practicing law since 1999. He knows the legal system and understands how to tackle even the most complicated intricacies when it comes to petitioning for nondisclosure on behalf of his clients.

Practiced Both Prosecution and Defense

Our attorney has the unique background of having been both a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer. He understands both sides and presents petition for nondisclosure cases to the court in a way that can ensure a desirable outcome.

Top-Rated

Our Austin law firm regularly receives five-star reviews for the level of service we provide. We truly care about helping our clients seal their criminal records and strive to provide the most seamless, stress-free legal experience possible.

Values 

We value the relationships we build with our clients and always keep them informed throughout the nondisclosure process. Jason Trumpler will not leave you worrying with unanswered questions.

"I Will Never Be Able to Thank Him Enough."

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Senita Nared

2020

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If you want someone that will truly fight for you until the end Jason is the guy for you. I will never be able to thank him enough. He's a tell it like it is person and that is something that I really loved about him. Even though I am not in the Texas area anymore if anyone I know needs a great attorney I will recommend Jason.

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Jonathon Ngo

2020

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Jason took care of my case expeditiously! I am from another city and needed something to be resolved in Austin during this COVID period. However, he was able to take care of the process and answer my questions promptly over Zoom, or phone call. To say Jason is amazing would be an understatement, and I would recommend hiring him to be your attorney because you would be doing yourself a disservice if you don't.

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You Don't Have to Do It Alone Book A Free Consultation Today

Are you interested in filing for nondisclosure but overwhelmed with the legal process? You can try to figure it out yourself, but think of the time you could save and stress you could avoid by speaking with a lawyer. Jason Trumpler has practiced law for over 20 years and can help you navigate your next steps the right way. We encourage you to book a free, no-obligation consultation to better understand your case and how to move forward. To get started, fill out our online form and we'll be in contact to schedule your consultation. You can also call our offices serving Austin and Georgetown at:

(512) 457-5200

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How Do I Become Eligible for Nondisclosure?

A person is eligible to seal their criminal record through nondisclosure after completing deferred adjudication. Deferred adjudication gives people a chance to avoid a conviction if certain conditions are met. The defendant pleads guilty or no contest and is placed on probation. If the defendant fulfills all the terms and conditions of their probation, they are then eligible to petition for nondisclosure. If the defendant does not complete all the terms, the individual will be "adjudicated," meaning they are formally found to be guilty of the crime.

It is important to note that completing deferred adjudication does not automatically remove a criminal charge from someone's record. A petition for nondisclosure must always be filed through the court. However, certain crimes (such as family violence) do not qualify to be considered for nondisclosure. Others require a two- or five-year waiting period depending on the type of crime committed. Our lawyer, Jason Trumpler, can help determine whether you are eligible to petition for nondisclosure and what the exact timeline will look like.

Which Criminal Offenses Are Eligible for Nondisclosure? 

Not all criminal offenses are eligible for nondisclosure through deferred adjudication. In addition to family violence, other crimes that are never considered for deferred adjudication include:

  • Sexual assault
  • Aggravated kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Stalking
  • Second- and third-offense DWIs
  • Any criminal offense that requires someone to register as a sex offender

Additionally, any defendant convicted of a second criminal offense after initially being dismissed does not qualify.

When Can I Petition for Nondisclosure?

Each criminal offense has a different time period in which you can petition for nondisclosure. While some misdemeanors allow for immediate filing, other crimes require a longer waiting period. Jason Trumpler reviews your case to determine when the appropriate filing date will be and to ensure all paperwork is ready ahead of schedule.

After Case Ends

Certain misdemeanors are eligible to be petitioned for nondisclosure once the court issues an order of dismissal and discharge, meaning the case is over.

After Two Years

Other misdemeanors require a two-year waiting period. These include kidnapping, unlawful restraint, assault, disorderly conduct, or carrying a weapon.

After Five Years

If the criminal offense is a felony, the defendant must wait five years after dismissal and discharge before petitioning for nondisclosure.

"5 Stars Isn't Enough."

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Grzegorz Matusiak

2019

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Mr.Jason Trumpler is en excellent lawyer. Our case was probably relatively small yet required experience and knowledge. Mr. Trumpler navigated through it very well. As a person he is receptive, easy to communicate with and highly skilled. Recommend without hesitation.

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Montana Bray

2019

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Mr. Trumpler was professional, approachable, incredibly down to earth and reasonable with his prices. He swooped in like a superhero when another firm had left me high and dry, and then helped me reach a favorable conclusion to my case in record time. 5 stars isn't enough, thank you Mr. Trumpler!

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What Do We Have to Prove at My Hearing?

After filing a petition for nondisclosure, you will need to attend a court hearing. Jason Trumpler will gather all necessary evidence and paperwork to prove the following requirements on your behalf:
You are eligible to file a petition for nondisclosure.
You successfully completed deferred adjudication.
You entered a guilty or no contest plea.
The petition was accurately filled out and filed on time.
Issuing the order results in the best interest of serving justice.

How Much Does Petitioning for Nondisclosure Cost?

Our law office serving Austin and Georgetown are transparent about all our legal fees. We generally charge between $1,500 to $2,500 per petition for nondisclosure, with court filing fees included.

We ensure a client is eligible for nondisclosure before we collect any fees. We only take cases we believe will be successful and result in a favorable outcome. We will explore the criminal charges and other factors to determine this likelihood at your initial consultation.

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We're On Your Side  Request Your Free Consultation Today

Are you worried about criminal charges following you for life? Whether you committed a misdemeanor or felony, our lawyer can help you make a fresh start after completing deferred adjudication. We encourage you to contact our law firm serving Austin and Georgetown to take the first step toward a brighter future. To schedule your free consultation and find out how we can help you leave criminal charges in the past, fill out our online form or call our office at:

(512) 457-5200

"Jason Never Ceases to Amaze Me."

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Sarah Garner

2019

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Good communication; Jason has a lot of experience, Has worked as a prosecutor. He is very knowledgeable, straightforward, and well known. His assistant Mia has amazing time management, with the ability to answer all/ most questions; if she does not have an answer, she will find out and call you as soon as she finds out. High recommend Jason Trumpler

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Amber Klinksiek

2019

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Jason never ceases to amaze me in his work. He is well spoken and elegant in his practice. He is patient with his clients. He is absolutely worth the money. Jason is kind and caring and understanding. He listens to your story entirely and fights for you as a human. I am forever grateful to have been introduced to him and have him as a friend.

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The Difference Between Nondisclosure and Expunction

In some cases, a person may be eligible to erase their criminal record entirely, known as expunction or expungement. Expunction ensures that no one, including government agencies, will ever find out about a criminal charge. Clients must wait until the statute of limitations period expires before filing for expunction. Compared to an order of nondisclosure, expunction is rare. It is typically reserved for people who had a case dismissed, were convicted and later pardoned, or were acquitted by a jury or judge.
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Frequently Asked Questions 

What Happens After the Order of Nondisclosure Is Granted?

After the order of nondisclosure is granted, the judge sends a notice to government agencies, law enforcement, and other record-keeping companies to update all court and state records. They are directed to hide the criminal charge from the general public, ensuring it won't show up on background checks.

Can I file a petition for nondisclosure on my own?

Yes, but we strongly advise against it. Drafting and filing a petition for nondisclosure is a long process with many complex legal steps involved. The process requires an expert understanding of the law to ensure the best chance of a successful outcome. We always recommend clients seek the help of an attorney to avoid costly mistakes and adding unnecessary time and stress to the process.

How long does it take to obtain an order of nondisclosure?

The timeline varies anywhere from four to nine months. This varies mainly on how quickly the court is able to handle cases. Our team keeps you well informed every step of the way and is always in close communication with any updates pertaining to your case.

Should I file for expunction or petition for nondisclosure?

It depends on what you're eligible for. A petition for nondisclosure is typically more common than expunction because an expunction has stricter requirements. Jason Trumpler has helped numerous clients find success in both nondisclosure and expunction cases. He will evaluate your case and help determine which option you qualify for during your initial consultation at our office serving Austin and Georgetown.

Can a felony criminal record be sealed from the public?

Yes, depending on the nature of the crime and if deferred adjudication was completed. Certain crimes such as family violence automatically disqualify someone from nondisclosure and expunction. Defendants with felony criminal records must wait five years after completing adjudication to petition for nondisclosure.

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The Law Offices of Jason Trumpler

Jason Trumpler has handled thousands of criminal cases over nearly 20 years. He is a current or past member of several national, state, and local legal associations, including:

  • American Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • National College for DUI Defense®
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • DUI Defense Lawyers Association

Contact our firm online or call us at (512) 457-5200 for a free case review.

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