Austin Expunction & Nondisclosure Defense Lawyer
Aggressive Advocacy in Travis County
The day you were arrested was probably one of the worst days of your life. We believe you should not have to explain such a personal circumstance to anyone, including your boss, creditor, or landlord. At the Law Office of Paul Quinzi, PLLC, our criminal defense lawyer is devoted to protecting your rights and your privacy. We strive to have your case expunged so that you can move on with your life. You are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. Even if you had deferred adjudication, your case wasn’t just dismissed—you are legally innocent!
Call the Law Office of Paul Quinzi, PLLC at (512) 515-1856 to discuss your specific case.
What Is Expunction?
Orders of expunction/expungement give you the right to deny you were ever arrested. Expungement is the process by which all information regarding your arrest and prosecution is purged from your record. During this process, any and all of your paper records are returned to the court and destroyed and any digital records are deleted from law enforcement information systems. In Texas, expunction is generally available only if a case resulted in a verdict of not guilty following a trial, or if the case has been dismissed.
Common forms of dismissal eligible for a Texas expunction include:
- Motion to Dismiss
- Deferred Disposition
- Deferred Prosecution
- Pre-Trial Diversion (PTD)
- Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI)
Your eligibility for a Texas expungement depends upon several factors, including the method of disposition, whether the statute of limitations has run out, and any if any prior criminal history exists. For answers regarding your specific situation, please contact our criminal defense firm.
What Is an Order of Nondisclosure?
Once an order of nondisclosure has been granted, law enforcement and government agencies are prohibited from revealing your criminal history record to the general public.
You may be eligible for an order of nondisclosure if:
- You completed deferred adjudication probation
- You completed community supervision (probation) for a misdemeanor
- You were convicted of a first time misdemeanor offense, including DWI
- You successfully completed a veteran’s court program
- You committed the offense as a victim of trafficking of persons
You are not eligible for an order of nondisclosure if you have ever been convicted or placed on deferred adjudication for:
- Additional offenses after sentencing, during probation, or during any applicable waiting period;
- Offense requiring registration as a sex offender;
- Aggravated kidnapping;
- Murder, Injury to a Child, Abandoning or Endangering a Child, Violation of a Protective Order, Stalking, Trafficking of Persons; or
- An offense involving family violence.
There are many factors that determine whether you are eligible for an order of nondisclosure, such as previous criminal history, the nature of the offense, and whether the judge determines that nondisclosure is in the best interest of justice.
For more details and to discuss the specifics of your case, please contact us today.
Unlike an expungement, the information is retained by the agencies but is sealed from the public. Schools; hospitals; state licensing and regulatory agencies; and state, county, and municipal hiring authorities would still have access to the information.
Nondisclosure is not complete expunction, so make sure you understand the effects and consequences you may still face. For help taking care of your case and fighting for your best interests, hire the Law Office of Paul Quinzi, PLLC. We are devoted to protecting your rights and privacy.
To hire an experienced and highly knowledgeable lawyer in Austin, call the Law Office of Paul Quinzi, PLLC today at (512) 515-1856.