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Top Tips for Job Searching With a Texas Criminal Record

Top Tips for Job Searching With a Texas Criminal Record

Looking for a Job With a Texas Criminal Record

 

If you are searching for a job and have a Texas criminal record, chances are good a prospective employer will discover it. More and more employers are turning to commercial background checks to quickly screen applicants that may be a “liability.” This makes their job of assessing candidates easier and lower risk. In reality, they could be denying highly qualified applicants due to an indiscretion of theirs in the past. Therefore, if you are job searching with a Texas criminal record, you could face undue discrimination. To help you overcome any barriers to employment you might face with a criminal record, keep these tips in mind.

 

Know What’s On Your Record

 

Request a copy of your Texas criminal record so you know what employers can see. It is not uncommon for people to discover inaccuracies on their criminal background check. Unfortunately, they often don’t find out until they’ve lost a job opportunity.

 

Know What You Have to Disclose

 

Another essential tip is to be 100% honest when applying for jobs. If a prospective employer requires you to disclose a criminal conviction at some point in the application process, do so truthfully. If you lie on an application and the employer finds out, you probably have zero chance of getting the job. Please note employers must gain your permission to run a criminal background check on you. You have a right to deny them that liberty, but they have a right to not offer you the job as a result.

 

Know Your Protections

 

Federal law provides job applicants certain protections. In general, federal law limits when and how an employer may use information about an applicant’s criminal background in the hiring process. Blanket policies that automatically discriminate against applicants with a criminal record are illegal for most private employers. Similarly, an employer may not use an arrest that did not end in a conviction as reason alone to deny you a job, a promotion or fire you.

 

Work With an Attorney to Counter Discrimination

 

There is no way around it; if you have a Texas criminal record, you could miss out on great job opportunities. But with a little bit of knowledge and a few extra steps, you can help counter discrimination and overcome the odds on your job search. Consult with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney if you are facing charges or are looking for a job and have a prior conviction. An attorney can help you explore your options for cleaning your record or keeping it clean before it’s too late.

 

 

If you have a Texas criminal record and are looking for a job in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action to clear your name and protect your rights. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

 

Texas Nondisclosure Eligibility Requirements

Texas Nondisclosure Eligibility Requirements

Getting the Fresh Start You Deserve

 

An Order of Nondisclosure prevents certain public agencies, such as the court or police department, from disclosing certain records of your criminal history. Nondisclosures can give those with criminal records a fresh start. But Texas maintains a strict set of nondisclosure eligibility requirements. To complicate matters further, those requirements have recently changed. That said, it’s always best to discuss your case in detail with an experienced criminal defense attorney, but let’s start by going over some basic information about Texas nondisclosures.

 

Texas Nondisclosures

 

In Texas, you can petition for a nondisclosure of a specific criminal offense. Please note that, if granted, your nondisclosure will only apply to the offense in question. Obtaining a nondisclosure for one offense will not affect the public’s ability to see any other offenses on your criminal record. Again, the eligibility requirements for nondisclosures have recently changed and are complicated to navigate. However, there are some basic requirements you must meet to be eligible for any Texas nondisclosure. There are also specific requirements that vary based on the type of nondisclosure you seek to obtain. Let’s take a look at the basic requirements anyone seeking a Texas nondisclosure must meet.

 

You are not eligible for a nondisclosure if:

 

  1. The offense for which you wish to obtain a nondisclosure or any other offense you’ve either been convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for is:

 

  • An offense requiring you to register as a sex offender under Chapter 62 of the Code of Criminal Procedure
  • An offense of aggravated kidnapping (as defined under Texas Penal Code 20.04), or
  • Any one of the following offenses; murder, capital murder, trafficking of persons, continuous trafficking of persons, injury to a child, elderly, or disabled person, abandoning or endangering a child, violation(s) or repeated violation(s) of any court order or condition of bond in a family violence, sexual assault or abuse, stalking or trafficking case, stalking, or any other offense involving family violence.

 

Or

 

  1. You were convicted or placed on deferred adjudication for any other offense after you were convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication for the offense you wish to obtain a nondisclosure for. This excludes fine-only traffic violations.

 

Procedure

 

Meeting the above basic eligibility requirements isn’t enough. But once you confirm you meet these requirements, you can move on to the next step of determining what type of nondisclosure you can obtain. There are different types of nondisclosures with different procedural requirements. This blog is not meant to be an exhaustive guide to these requirements. In general, however, the type of nondisclosure you are eligible for, the specific requirements you must meet and the procedure for obtaining one will vary based on:

 

  • Whether your offense was a misdemeanor or a felony
  • Whether it was a considered a nonviolent offense
  • Whether you were convicted or placed on deferred adjudication
  • Whether you were placed on community supervision (i.e. probation) or sentenced to a period of confinement
  • Whether your offense was a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) offense
  • Whether you went through and successfully completed a Veteran’s Treatment Court Program, and
  • Whether you were a victim of trafficking

 

To learn about what type of nondisclosure you are eligible for and how to obtain one, go over the circumstances and details of your offense with a criminal defense attorney. Once you determine what nondisclosure type you are eligible for and the procedure for obtaining one, there may be additional requirements you must meet.

 

Depending on the type of nondisclosure you are eligible for, you may or may not have to file a petition. If you do, you must file your petition with the court clerk of the court that placed you on deferred adjudication. The court clerk will then distribute your petition to the judge, who will then send it to the district attorney’s office. If you do not have to file a petition, you will still submit certain documents along with a fee. Also, you should know that there might be a waiting period, depending on the type of nondisclosure you are eligible for.

 

Discuss Your Case With an Attorney

 

To determine your eligibility, first, confirm that you meet the basic nondisclosure eligibility requirements mentioned above. Next, discuss the facts and circumstances of your case with an experienced Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney who handles nondisclosures. Again, the exact procedure you must follow will depend on numerous factors, including what type of nondisclosure you are eligible for.

 

If your criminal record is holding you back in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

Quick Facts About Public Access to Criminal Records

Quick Facts About Public Access to Criminal Records

Under the Public Eye

 

Today, your criminal record is more accessible than ever. Gone are the days when someone had to go search for court records at the courthouse in person. Now, commercial background checks (available to the public) are easy to obtain online. Employers, landlords and even lenders are increasingly resorting to background checks to screen applicants. And for anyone with an arrest, charge or conviction on their record, that can make for some disappointing denials. To give you a better idea of how the public can access records of your criminal past, here are some quick facts.

 

What Is Public Record?

 

Court proceedings are—to a large extent—a matter of public record. In the past, members of the public who wanted to search for criminal records would have to go to the courthouse to access them in person. But we’re now in a data-driven era where our personal information is gathered, exchanged and even sold every day. Information about your criminal record is no exception. Now, there are for-profit background check companies capitalizing on the availability of large amounts of publically accessible data. By entering a few pieces of information and paying a fee, anyone can run a background check on any person.

 

What Are Commercial Background Checks?

 

Commercial background checks only contain publically accessible court records. These “commercial” background checks don’t stop at court records. They also can include credit scores, employment histories and even personal references. Again, these companies make a profit by selling your personal information to interested parties. But what they’re doing is not illegal. By gathering information from several public record databases, they are essentially consolidating all that information in a neat package to make it more user-friendly. The person conducting the search pays for convenience but could, theoretically, do the same search independently. In fact, background check companies cater mainly to employers and landlords that need to quickly and thoroughly screen applicants.

 

What’s Not Included in Commercial Background Checks?

 

Federal records and records that have been sealed are excluded. Likewise, obtaining a nondisclosure for an offense would limit what information a commercial background check company can pull from the public record.

 

Don’t Want Your Private Matters to Become Public? Call an Attorney

 

As long as you have Internet access and a method of paying online, you can access nearly anyone’s criminal record. That’s a disturbing thought, isn’t it? Even more so if you are facing criminal charges. Never underestimate the devastating impact a criminal conviction can have on your life. Always discuss your case in detail with a criminal defense attorney if you’re facing criminal charges. A seasoned Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney can explain the penalties you could face and help you develop a plan of action to minimize the negative consequences of your charges.

 

If your criminal record is holding you back in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action to clear your name. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email team@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.

Criminal Record Cleaning: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

Criminal Record Cleaning: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

A Clean Start

 

Now is a better time than ever to explore criminal record cleaning. More employers are running background checks on employees and applicants. And almost anyone can access your criminal background online. Unfortunately, the discrimination against those with criminal convictions hasn’t lessened, putting many at an unfair disadvantage.

 

But the good news is there are steps you can take to clean your record. You may be able to limit public access to your record or remove certain pieces of information. The best way to have a clean criminal record is to avoid run-ins with the law in the first place. But if you’re past that point, here’s what you need to know about criminal record cleaning.

 

Your Options

 

For those with adult criminal cases, there are two options for cleaning your record: expunctions and Orders of Nondisclosure.

 

Expunctions

 

Expungement permanently removes certain pieces of information from your criminal record. If the court grants your request for an expunction, you can deny the incident ever took place. You can legally say you were never arrested for, charged with or convicted of the crime you had expunged. Expunctions are a good option for those who are eligible as they reduce the stigma associated with a criminal conviction. You may be eligible to file a Petition for Expunction for:

 

  • An arrest for a crime you were never charged with
  • A charge that was eventually dismissed
  • Certain misdemeanor juvenile offenses
  • A conviction for failure to attend school (truancy)
  • A conviction as a minor for certain alcohol-related offenses
  • A conviction for a crime that was acquitted by the trial court or Criminal Court of Appeals
  • A conviction for a crime for which you received a Governor’s or Presidential Pardon
  • Arrests, charges or convictions due to identity theft (if the perpetrator was then arrested, charged or convicted)
  • Class C violations for which deferred disposition was successfully completed

 

Other eligibility requirements may apply. Always speak with an experienced Texas expungement attorney before filing your petition.

 

Orders of Nondisclosure

 

An Order of Nondisclosure limits the information law enforcement agencies can release to the public. This is crucial given the ease with which the public can access criminal records. The information will still be visible to law enforcement agencies and courts, but not to the public, including landlords and most employers. This is an ideal option for those ineligible for an expunction.

 

You may be eligible to file a petition for an Order of Nondisclosure if you successfully completed a deferred adjudication and finished your community supervision. There may be other requirements, so confirm your eligibility with an attorney. For example, you cannot petition for an Order of Nondisclosure until statutorily permitted to do so, and subsequent charges may affect your eligibility.

 

The process and requirements for cleaning juvenile adjudications and offenses from your record may differ. Work with a Texas criminal defense attorney if you want to clean your juvenile record.

 

Starting Fresh

 

Criminal record cleaning can give you a chance to start fresh. It can improve your chances of getting a job, an apartment or a loan. But courts can deny Petitions, so it’s essential you first speak with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney before you file one. An attorney familiar with the specific facts and circumstances of your offense can best explain the full list of eligibility requirements and restrictions and the complete step-by-step process. It is well worth your time and resources, however, to move on from your arrest, charge or conviction confidently.

 

 

If you need to clean your record and are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, JBabb – Criminal Defense Attorneys is here to help. JBabb Criminal Defense Attorneys will advise you on the best course of action. With law offices in Dallas and Denton, our attorneys provide compassionate legal services to Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Our experienced attorneys handle a wide variety of criminal cases including DWI/DUI, assault/family violence, and other misdemeanors and felonies. Call (214) 329-9433, email clients@jbabblaw.com, or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation with a Dallas-Fort Worth criminal defense attorney.