How Long Does Disorderly Conduct Stay on Your Record?
Any criminal conviction – including a misdemeanor – could haunt you for the rest of your life. While misdemeanors do not carry the same consequences as a felony conviction, they can impact you in a variety of negative ways. And if you are not careful, you could experience these issues forever.
How long a conviction stays on your record will depend on the specifics of your case. To discuss your legal options in detail, contact Texas expungement lawyer Andrew Peveto as soon as possible.
You were convicted or pled guilty
If you are found guilty at trial for disorderly conduct, the unfortunate news is that your conviction will likely remain on your record forever. There is no set time limit for when the State of Texas erases criminal convictions, which means it will likely last for the rest of your life. Your only option is a pardon by the governor, or if you were convicted of truancy and are now over the age of 18.
However, if you pled guilty to a misdemeanor, you might have options. The specifics of your plea agreement will determine if it is possible to remove the conviction and arrest from your record. This is done through a process known as expunction.
Expunction is only available when a plea agreement allows for a pre-trial diversion. Diversions occur when the court allows you to plead guilty to an offense but does not enter that plea immediately. If you meet conditions set by the court for a set period of time, the court will eventually dismiss the charges instead of entering the guilty plea. State law allows for expunction of a disorderly conduct charge if you successfully complete the diversion process.
You were acquitted, completed pretrial diversion, or never charged
If you were arrested for disorderly conduct but never convicted, your odds of obtaining an expunction of your arrest record is much better. The court will allow an expunction under a variety of circumstances, including:
- If you were arrested but never charged
- If you were charged but found not guilty
- If your case was dismissed by prosecutors
In these cases, the courts will not allow you to seek an expunction immediately. For a charge of disorderly conduct, you must wait 180 days from the date of your arrest to formally seek to have your arrest removed from your record.
Get Help From a Texas Expunctions Lawyer
The law regarding expunctions is complex, and a simple mistake could cost you your chance at removing an arrest or conviction for disorderly conduct from your record. To ensure you do not make a critical mistake, it is in your best interest to work with a Texas expunctions lawyer.
DFW misdemeanor attorney Andrew Peveto has more than a decade of experience fighting to clear the criminal and arrest records of his clients. If you are ready to discuss the possibility of an expunction for your disorderly conduct arrest, contact the Peveto Law Office right away to schedule your initial consultation.