Nondisclosures and Expunctions
Tired of living with a criminal record?
Many people think that once they have successfully completed a term of deferred adjudication, the arrest records and court papers documenting the charge simply vanish. This, unfortunately, is not the case. Unless and until a judge signs an order of nondisclosure in your case, your arrest record and the papers generated by the court in connection with your case will be available to the entire world, including prospective employers, neighbors, and anybody else who wants to inquire into your criminal history.
I am criminal defense lawyer John L. Venza Jr., and I know how to successfully draft your petition for nondisclosure and persuasively argue it to your judge so that you may have the stain of the arrest records lifted once and for all. For certain offenses, you will have to wait for a certain period before being eligible for nondisclosure. There are certain offenses for which, even though you received deferred adjudication, you may ultimately not be statutorily eligible for nondisclosure. I know which offenses carry waiting periods before nondisclosure may be granted and which offenses are eligible for this type of legal relief. Call or visit me at the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr. to discuss your situation and learn more about your options.
Expunction results in the complete destruction of all records concerning an arrest and whatever charges may have resulted from that arrest. As far as deniability of a past arrest goes, expunction is as good as it gets. After an order of expunction is signed, it is as if you were never arrested on that charge at all - no exceptions.
Because expunction results in the total obliteration of all records concerning an arrest, law enforcement included, there are a limited number of instances in which a person is entitled to have his or her arrest records expunged. For example, a person is not eligible to have arrest records expunged if the records in question resulted in a deferred adjudication for a crime classified higher than a Class C misdemeanor. Also, expunction of arrest records in felony cases that resulted in dismissals is a process tied to many statutory restrictions.
I am well-versed in the law of expunction in Texas. After a free initial consultation with, I will be able to tell you based on the circumstances of your case whether you are likely to have your arrest records expunged upon application. If your case is one that does appear eligible for expunction, I can draft and file the appropriate documents to have the records expunged, thereby returning to you your good name and clean record.