If you’ve successfully completed deferred adjudication probation, you may be eligible to have an attorney seal your arrest record with an order of non-disclosure. The consequences of deferred can be a bit confusing, because, even though your criminal case is dismissed once you’re discharged from probation, the charge remains as part of your criminal history information. Potential employers can easily access your arrest information, as well as the offense with which you were charged… as can anyone else with an internet connection. Many counties provide this information online, free of charge.
For example, in Dallas County, you can search its criminal database by clicking here.
Fortunately, Texas law allows you to
seal your criminal history with an order of non-disclosure. Once sealed, your case no longer appears on these databases. Further, once an order of non-disclosure is granted, the law allows you to deny that you were ever arrested or charged… even if you’re under oath (yes, the allows you to lie!).
Your probation may have ended years ago, but having it on your criminal record is like having a life sentence.