Non-Disclosure Order

Houston Non-Disclosure Order Lawyer

Criminal background checks are becoming the norm in Texas. No matter what people choose to
do, a background check is often a requirement. Your criminal history may be scrutinized when
you try to obtain employment; rent or buy a home; try to get a loan; or even apply to college.
As such, for people who have criminal records, living a “normal” life can be quite difficult.
However, an order of non-disclosure can help immensely.

What is a Non-Disclosure Order?

Orders of non-disclosure can make it impossible for many private individuals and businesses to
view a person’s criminal record. While there are still some federal agencies that can have access
to the records, most common background checks won’t be able to detect anything.

Eligibility for an Order of Non-Disclosure

The main requirement for obtaining an order of non-disclosure is a defendant
must have completed deferred adjudication probation.

However, there are also several other eligibility criteria:

  • The Defendant must have pleaded guilty and was found “not guilty.”
  • The defendant must have successfully completed community supervision.
  • The judge must have deferred further proceedings against the petitioner of the order.
  • The judge must have dismissed the case.

Keep in mind that there is a five-year waiting period for felony charges and a two-year waiting period on some misdemeanors.

For a full explanation of the requirements, consult with an order of non-disclosure attorney.

Benefits of Non-Disclosure

As stated above, under non-disclosure orders, there are some government and law enforcement
agencies that will still have access to criminal records. These include, but are not limited to,
agencies that regulate teachers and medical professionals; the Texas Alcohol
and Beverage Commission
; and the Texas Department of
Licensing and Regulation.

However, for private individuals and businesses, criminal records that have been sealed by
non-disclosure will virtually disappear from background checks. In this way, people do
not have to admit that they were ever arrested for previous crimes.


When a defendant is given deferred adjudication, the best thing for him to do is try to obtain a non-disclosure order. In this way, he can ensure that most individuals and businesses do not get to see his previous run-ins with the law.

In most cases, Houston attorney Rand Mintzer can prepare all of the required documents, present the case and obtain an order of non-disclosure for a client within weeks. Call Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law today at 713-862-8880 to set up a free initial consultation. He can help you get back on your feet in no time.

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