When you’re convicted of a crime, there will be consequences, and they could potentially follow you for a majority of your lifetime. As a result, you can experience difficulties with things like getting a job or keeping your driver’s license, and being convicted of a crime can even cause you to lose a job that you already have.

The best way to prevent your criminal record from getting in the way of you living your life to its full potential, especially in the state of Texas, is to file for an order of nondisclosure.

Generally defined, an order of nondisclosure is a type of court order that expressly prohibits specific public entities from being able to disclose information regarding an individual’s criminal record. These public entities often include police departments and courts. Additionally, this type of order can help you making it so you don’t have to disclose criminal convictions on a job application or other documents.

However, even with an order of nondisclosure, your criminal record could still be viewed by criminal justice agencies as well as organizations like the Texas Board of Law Examiners, the Texas Medical Board, and the Texas Education Agency.

Anyone who is a resident of the state of Texas and has been convicted of any kind of criminal offense should consider applying for an order of nondisclosure, as long as they meet the qualifications for application.

Three basic eligibility requirements for someone to be able to qualify to receive an order of nondisclosure are as follows:

  • An offender must have been placed on deferred adjudication community supervision.
  • An offender must not have been previously convicted of a crime.
  • An offender must have successfully completed everything involving their deferred adjudication.

If you have committed any of the following offenses, your criminal record is not eligible to receive an order of nondisclosure. These non-eligible offenses include:

  • Murder
  • Aggravated kidnapping
  • Domestic violence
  • Endangering/abandoning a child
  • Violating a protection order involving family violence
  • Sex offenses requiring an offender to register as a sex offender
  • Causing injury to a child, disabled person, or elderly person

Anyone who is found to be eligible to receive an order of nondisclosure will be required to go through a specific waiting period once the court orders a discharge and dismissal. Those who have committed misdemeanors must wait for two years, while those who have committed felonies will be required to wait for five years.

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