Fort Worth Nondisclosure of criminal records attorney Tarrant County. Need to keep your criminal record from being disclosed? Call (817) 605-1010 for a free case evaluation.

If you were ever arrested and completed Deferred Adjudication Probation for a criminal offense, you may be eligible to petition the court to seal your criminal record from public disclosure through a procedure known as Nondisclosure of Criminal Records.

If your case is eligible for Nondisclosure, the records relating to your arrest could be designated unavailable for public access. You could also be entitled to deny the fact that you were ever arrested, charged with a criminal offense, or placed on Deferred Adjudication Probation for the criminal offense.

If you were ever placed on Deferred Adjudication Probation, please see additional information on Nondisclosure of Records to learn how our Tarrant County Nondisclosure lawyers can assist you in sealing your criminal record.

What is the Difference Between Nondisclosure and Expunction?

Just like an Expunction, a Nondisclosure allows you to legally deny that an arrest for a criminal offense occurred–particularly on an application for employment. An Expunction Order requires that all records relating to the arrest are deleted, obliterated or destroyed. If your case is eligible for Nondisclosure, the records relating to your arrest could be designated unavailable for public access. You could also be entitled to deny the fact that you were ever arrested, charged with a criminal offense, or placed on Deferred Adjudication Probation for the offense.

Nondisclosure of Records Eligibility

There are certain requirements that must be met in order to qualify for Nondisclosure of Records under the current laws in Texas. Furthermore, there are also some criminal offenses that are not eligible for Nondisclosure. Criminal Defense Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy has successfully assisted hundreds of clients in obtaining a Nondisclosure of Records for criminal offenses in which they were placed on Deferred Adjudication Probation.

If you were ever arrested and placed on Deferred Adjudication Probation for a criminal offense, contact us at 817-605-1010.

The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy would be happy to help you determine if you are eligible for Nondisclosure and assist you with the legal process of sealing your criminal records from further public disclosure by filing a Petition for Nondisclosure of Records on your behalf.


To determine if you may be eligible to file a Petition for Nondisclosure of Records, please answer the following questions:

Have you been convicted or placed on deferred adjudication for any offense other than class c traffic offenses since you were originally placed on Deferred Adjudication Probation?

YES

Not Eligible

NO

Go to #2

Did the offense:

Result in a Conviction (jail sentence or “straight” probation)?
Require Registration as a Sex Offender?
Involve Family Violence?

YES

Not Eligible

NO

Go to #3

Were you charged with:

Aggravated Kidnapping?
Murder or Capital Murder?
Injury to a Child, Elderly Individual, or Disabled Individual?
Abandoning or Endangering Child?
Violation of Protective Order?
Stalking?

YES

Not Eligible

NO

Go to #4

Was the offense a Felony or Misdemeanor?

Felony

Misdemeanor

Go to #6

Felony:

Have 5 years elapsed since the date of discharge and dismissal (the date you were released from Deferred Adjudication Probation)?

YES

Eligible

NO

Wait until 5 years have elapsed

Misdemeanor:

Were you charged with any of the following offenses?

  • Abuse of Corpse
  • Advertising Placement of Child
  • Aiding Suicide
  • Assault
  • Bigamy
  • Cruelty to Animals
  • Deadly Conduct
  • Destruction of Flag
  • Discharge of a Firearm
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Disrupting Meeting or Procession
  • Dog Fighting
  • Enticing a Child
  • False Alarm or Report
  • Harassment
  • Harboring Runaway Child
  • Hoax Bombs
  • Homosexual Conduct
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Interfere w/ Emergency Call
  • Leaving a Child in a Vehicle
  • Make Firearm Accessible to Child
  • Obstructing a Highway
  • Possession of Prohibited Weapon
  • Public Lewdness
  • Riot
  • Silent or Abusive 9-1-1 Calls
  • Terroristic Threat
  • Unlawful Carrying Weapons
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
  • Unlawful Restraint
  • Unlawful Transfer of Weapons

YES

Go to #7

NO

Eligible
Have 2 years elapsed since the date of discharge and dismissal (the date you were released from Deferred Adjudication Probation)?

YES

Eligible

NO

Wait until 2 years have elapsed

Nondisclosure of Records – FAQ

If you are eligible to file for Nondisclosure and the required waiting period has elapsed, the process can typically be accomplished within 1-2 months. A Nondisclosure Order will be generally be signed by a judge within 30-60 days from the filing of the Petition for Nondisclosure in Tarrant County.Unfortunately a straight probation is not eligible for Nondisclosure because it is considered a conviction from the day you were placed on probation. Only criminal charges resolved with Deferred Adjudication Probation are eligible for Nondisclosure of Records.

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