The Difference Between Expunction & Non-Disclosure
Obtaining Expunctions and Nondisclosure Orders in the State of Texas
At the law office of David E. Cook, we help people in Fort Worth, Tarrant County and the surrounding areas of North Texas to obtain expungements or nondisclosure orders that can help them turn the page on the past and begin a new chapter in life.
What Is the Difference Between an Expunction and a Nondisclosure Order?
An expunction is the removal of any and all records or references to a criminal arrest, charge or prosecution.
The eligibility rules for an expunction are also clear. Simply put, you can only get an expunction if the case was dismissed outright (not after a deferred adjudication) or if you were found not guilty.
Even if you do not meet one of these two basic requirements, you may still be eligible for a nondisclosure order. A nondisclosure essentially prohibits the release of any information regarding the case in question to anyone other than certain law enforcement and governmental agencies.
You can get a nondisclosure order if your case was dismissed following a deferred adjudication probation, but there are two conditions. First, the offense in question must be one that is eligible for nondisclosure. Second, you must not have been charged with any new felonies in the last five years or any new misdemeanors in the last two years.
Our attorney can help you to obtain either of these remedies and explain them in more detail at your initial consultation.
Real and Affordable Solutions to Problems Involving Criminal Law
Our law firm counsels and provides legal assistance to clients who are seeking a second chance or the benefits of a clean record. If you believe you may be eligible for an expungement or a nondisclosure petition, or would just like more information about expunctions vs. non-disclosure orders, schedule a free initial consultation with criminal defense lawyer David E. Cook today.
You can reach us by phone at 817-545-3309 or contact us online.