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New Tools for Deferred Adjudication

New Tools for Deferred Adjudication

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It was 2003, now 11 years and five legislative sessions removed since the passage of the first legislation that allows the records of a person who has successfully completed deferred adjudication in Texas to be sealed from public disclosure. And while the records of all offenses where deferred was offered and completed are not eligible to be sealed, to date, more than 33,820 petitioners have taken advantage of this opportunity for a fresh start. Still, there remains much more to be done to improve state laws that regulate access to criminal history records.
It was 2003, now 11 years and five legislative sessions removed since the passage of the first legislation that allows the records of a person who has successfully completed deferred adjudication in Texas to be sealed from public disclosure. And while the records of all offenses where deferred was offered and completed are not eligible to be sealed, to date, more than 33,820 petitioners have taken advantage of this opportunity for a fresh start. Still, there remains much more to be done to improve state laws that regulate access to criminal history records.

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Another avenue to a fresh start after deferred adjudication
by Royce West 
Texas Senate
It was 2003, now 11 years and five legislative sessions removed since the passage of the first legislation that allows the records of a person who has successfully completed deferred adjudication in Texas to be sealed from public disclosure !nd while the records of all offenses where deferred was offered and completed are not eligible to be sealed, to date, more than 33,"20 petitioners have ta#en advantage of this opportunity for a fresh start $till, there remains much more to be done to improve state laws that regulate access to criminal history records %eferred adjudication is a judicial option available under Texas law to defendants,  prosecutors and the courts in criminal cases It is a form of community supervision & more commonly called probation ' that when successfully completed, results in the charges related to the offense being officially dismissed (owever unli#e with regular probation, the defendant does not receive a conviction In Texas, a conviction is most li#ely a  permanent entry on a person)s criminal history record There are few to no options at that  point to wipe the slate clean !s many who have applied for a job or filled out an application for an apartment have discovered, although there is no conviction, under deferred, the records of the offense remain in the public domain !nd even though the charges have been dismissed, certain state occupational licenses can be denied as well as opportunities for employment The order of nondisclosure was designed to ta#e some of the sting out of a criminal case disposition and offer a fresh start for those who wish to put their mista#es behind them in  pursuit of more productive lifestyles %uring the 2013 legislative session we were able to pass into law $*10+, a bill that closes a loophole in the dissemination of criminal history records in cases where an order of nondisclosure has been issued The loophole would allow the notification process

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