Why An Expunction Or Nondisclosure Is The Right Decision
Any arrest goes on your record. Even if you’ve been acquitted or the charges were dropped, the arrest stays in your file unless you take action to have it removed. Even if you were never convicted of a crime, it could still hurt any background checks for a job, a new home, taking out a loan or any other reason.
Fortunately, the state of Texas has two measures to help individuals clear their names of different offenses: expunctions, which can make it as though the offense never happened, and nondisclosures, which will seal your record from most inquiries.
What Is The Difference Between The Two?
An expungement primarily affects those who were never convicted of a crime, as well as select juvenile misdemeanors such as alcohol consumption. While there is strict criteria, those who are not eligible can often seek a nondisclosure instead. An order of nondisclosure means that the public cannot view your record, including third-party background checks. There are exceptions, such as law enforcement, government bodies and limited professional institutions.
Both expunction and nondisclosure orders provide you with security that your past won’t have a negative effect on your future by opening access to better employment and housing opportunities.
To know if an expunction or nondisclosure is right for you, consult with a lawyer to discuss the specifics of your record.
Letting The Law Work For You
Bruce Ashworth, Attorney at Law, has been defending the criminally accused since 1982. He has more than 30 years of experience working with the courts around Arlington and North Texas. He has defended hundreds of cases and he understands what his clients are going through.
Mr. Ashworth is dedicated to his customers. He will work with you at every step of the legal process: to make sure you understand what is happening, why it is happening and what it means for your future.
Mr. Ashworth understands the many complexities of the legal system and he’ll share his knowledge with you to get the best results he can. This means that he will advocate for your clean record as well as help you through the legal process.