Expungement: Petition for Non-Disclosure


As of September 2003, Texas law made it possible for those with a criminal record to obtain a court order to prohibit government agencies from disclosing the existence of your criminal history. A criminal record places a tremendous burden on individuals and their families. It can be very difficult to find a job or receive credit, among other negative consequences of a criminal record. We live in an information age and it is easier than ever to check the backgrounds of people applying for jobs, credit or even volunteering. A successful petition for nondisclosure can help you enjoy a more promising future.

It is very important that you contact a Houston criminal lawyer as soon as you can to begin the process of clearing your record so the past does not take away from your future. Achieving a petition of nondisclosure depends on several factors. If you have a misdemeanor conviction, in most cases you may be able to obtain an order of nondisclosure immediately after satisfactorily completing any court-imposed penalties such as fines and probation. Certain misdemeanors, such as weapons offenses or public lewdness, require a five-year waiting period. The experienced criminal lawyers at Houston’s Jim Medley & Associates understand what you are going through and can help you determine your legal options.

The firm understands that people make mistakes, but deserve a chance to build a productive life without the worry and burden of a criminal record. Those who have a past felony charge may also be eligible to receive an order of nondisclosure. Certain offenses, such as murder or sex offenses are not eligible. In most cases after a ten-year waiting period, a felony history can be essentially sealed by an order of nondisclosure. A judge evaluates each petition for nondisclosure and a final decision is based on several factors. Attorney Jim Medley has 20 years of experience in criminal justice and is well versed in the procedures of filing a petition for nondisclosure.


Medley is a former professor of criminal justice and he understands how a past mistake can unfairly burden the lives of good people. People deserve a second chance, a chance to close the book on the past so you can build a brighter future for you and your family. His firm aggressively protects the rights of individuals and provides clients with compassionate guidance throughout the process. Medley is devoted to criminal justice; he does not dabble in other areas of the law. He is a determined advocate for the rights of the accused, and may be your best ally when you are seeking a petition of nondisclosure.

Contact the law firm of Jim Medley & Associates today to begin receiving step-by-step guidance through this process