I have a misdemeanor B on my record from stealing at Walmart. I want to be able to go to school to become an Ultrasound Technician but everyone is telling me that it will be hard for me to get a job with that on my record. I'm not really sure what deferred adjudication is and would like to know. I need it off and will do anything to get it off. I'm on probation right now and it's a year long and I'll be done in February.
A deferred adjudication basically means they will wait to try you on the charge, and if you comply with the conditions of your "probation," then the charge goes away, and it will not be a conviction. Depending on your situation, you may even be able to seal the record (if you were/are a juvenile) when your probation ends. Generally, if you are in Harris county and have nothing else on your record, and comply with the terms of probation, your probation might end a few months early. When you get the letter in the mail that your probation is over, it is VERY important that you see the attorney who originally helped you with this case and ask him/her to help you seal the record. If you did not have an attorney or do not want to go back to the same one, law firms like mine and others do this type of service.
One thing you should know is that although you seal/expunge/etc. your record, that information will ALWAYS be available to government agencies. So, for example, the FBI will always have a record of this indiscretion.
Best of luck to you!
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Deferred adjudication means that upon successful completion of your probation, you will not have a criminal conviction. Most employers look at convictions when evaluating your criminal history, but some may look at arrests as well. A deferred adjudication will not allow you to expunge your arrest record, but you will be able to apply for a non-disclosure, which you should do through an attorney. This type of action will hide the arrest from everyone except for law enforcement. However, it is difficult to erase all traces of the arrest from the internet, even with a non-disclosure. Good luck to you.
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