Austin Record Sealing Lawyer
Have you completed probation but find that your criminal record is still getting in the way of your future? Find out how to get your criminal record sealed by consulting with an Austin criminal record sealing attorney.
As anyone who’s been convicted of a crime will attest, a criminal record will have a significant impact on your life that extends well beyond incarceration and paying a fine.
Getting a job becomes harder. Applying for housing in good neighborhoods can seem impossible. Even securing a loan or going back to school is increasingly difficult.
While securing an expunction is always preferable, not every case will qualify. Fortunately, there’s a second option available: an order of nondisclosure of criminal records that will effectively seal this portion of your history and make it unavailable to the public.
Even a nondisclosure order isn’t easy to apply for, however, and once again, not everyone will qualify. To find out if this is an option for you, speak with an Austin record sealing lawyer from Tillman Braniff, PLLC.
What Does an Order for Nondisclosure Do?
The primary difference between an expunction and an order for nondisclosure is that the expunction order will actually require all records of your arrest to be destroyed. With an order for nondisclosure, the record of your conviction will still exist, but members of the public will not be able to access it.
This might sound like a runner-up prize, but the benefits to your future wellbeing and opportunities are enormous. You’ll be able to answer “no” to questions on applications that inquire about whether you have a criminal record.
Record sealing will effectively re-open a number of doors that closed when you were convicted—and it will protect your personal and professional reputations.
Who Qualifies for Record Sealing?
Unfortunately, record sealing isn’t an option for everyone, and the requirements aren’t always clear. Listed below are the general criteria, but a record sealing attorney from our firm will be able to definitively determine whether you qualify for an order of nondisclosure:
- Offenses that are not eligible for record sealing include aggravated kidnapping; most sex offenses; murder; child abandonment and endangerment; stalking; domestic violence; and causing injury to children, the elderly, or the disabled.
- If you were convicted of a Class C misdemeanor, completed deferred adjudication probation, and your case was dismissed upon completing probation, you can apply for a nondisclosure order as long as you don’t have any subsequent convictions or deferred adjudications, with the exception of some traffic offenses.
- If you were convicted of a Class A or B misdemeanor and have completed deferred adjudication probation, you can apply for a nondisclosure after two years have passed as long as you don’t have any subsequent convictions or deferred adjudications.
- If you were convicted of a felony and have completed deferred adjudication probation, you can apply for a nondisclosure after five years have passed as long you don’t have any subsequent convictions or deferred adjudications.
Find Out if You Can Get an Order for Nondisclosure
Tillman Braniff, PLLC can help you determine if you’re eligible to have your criminal record sealed. We can help you throughout the entire process and give you the best chance for convincing a judge to approve your nondisclosure request.
Learn more during a free, confidential case evaluation with an Austin record sealing lawyer. Just complete the form below or give us a call at 512-236-0505.