In San Antonio, Texas, as per Texas Government Code Section 411. 081, an individual who has successfully completed deferred adjudication, deferred judgment in which a formal sentence is avoided, may still have the opportunity to petition for an order of non-disclosure. The petition for an order of non-disclosure must be filed with the courthouse that ordered the individual’s probation or community supervision. Deferred adjudication is a form of sentencing that relieves the offender from a formal sentencing, but still appears on criminal record background checks unless the court grants an order of nondisclosure.
A San Antonio order of non-disclosure requires the Department of Public Safety to send a copy of the order to all law enforcement agencies, who are ordered to seal your criminal record(s), but not destroy them. Therefore, while criminal justice agencies are prohibited from disclosing your offense, your records will remain on file, meaning that you can legally deny your arrest or offense.
In San Antonio, getting an order of non-disclosure may make it easier for you to find desirable employment and housing. The court order prohibits criminal justice agencies from disclosing your criminal record to the public, removing the offense from most public databases such as background checks for employment and housing. The order also prohibits the release, maintenance, dissemination, or use of the sealed records and files from the public. Once the judge grants an order of non-disclosure, employers and landlords cannot discriminate against you because the charge against you has been deemed to have never occurred.
There are numerous benefits to getting an order of non-disclosure including the potential for a better job with reliable pay, desirable housing, and better chances of protecting your privacy. Once the San Antonio order of non-disclosure has been granted, you will be able to honestly and legally say that you have not been convicted of a crime on applications for employment and housing. In addition, if the mugshot of the arrest, pertaining to the offense that has been sealed, still appears in the results for popular search engines, you have the right to demand that your mugshot is removed from the website free of charge. To determine whether or not you qualify for an order of non-disclosure, visit the RecordGone.com’s Texas order of non-disclosure page.
Bexter County’s website can also prove to be a useful tool in researching a potential order of non-disclosure, although their site cna be a bit difficult to navigate.
Still not convinced that obtaining an order on non-disclosure would help? Read our five reasons why you should consider an order of non-disclosure.