If you have been arrested for committing a crime, then you know how greatly your life can be affected in the time that follows, even if you weren’t actually convicted. Simply having an arrest on your criminal record, regardless of the circumstances or the outcome, can hinder many aspects of your future. A conviction can make it difficult to find employment, rent an apartment or obtain certain professional licenses. However, there is a way to get certain crimes removed from your criminal record. Rosenthal & Wadas is experienced in clearing criminal records so you can get a new start in life.
Expunctions and Nondisclosures in Texas
With the ease of criminal background checks these days it is important to keep your criminal record clean. If you were arrested for a crime and that charge was later dismissed, you may be entitled to have your arrest record expunged. If you were placed on deferred adjudication probation for that offense, you may be entitled to have a court order issued mandating your record not be disclosed.
What is the difference between Expungement and Nondisclosure?
With an expungement, all records of your case are destroyed and cannot be used against you in the future. An Order of Nondisclosure effectively hides your record from the public by preventing law enforcement agencies from disclosing the offense. Certain government agencies can still access the information and it can be used against you in subsequent prosecutions.
Restricted Access to Juvenile Records
It is possible for a child’s records to be placed under “restricted access” if certain criteria are met. If the juvenile records are placed under restricted access, then only criminal justice professionals will have access to the records. If anyone else attempts to access the records, they will be told the records do not exist.
If you have questions about the status of your criminal record, or want to attempt to have your record cleared, contact Rosenthal & Wadas for a free consultation. We can determine whether or not your case qualifies to have your criminal records sealed or expunged.