By Collin County Criminal Attorney Jeremy Rosenthal
Deferred adjudication in Texas is where a person charged with an offense pleads guilty or no contest and rather than being found guilty, the judge defers a finding of guilty while the accused is placed on what amounts to probation.
If the person successfully completes deferred, they are never “convicted” of the offense. Most people are familiar with deferred because of a traffic offense or another class c misdemeanor. Most class c deferred adjudications do make you eligible for expunction. You are not eligible for expunction for class b misdemeanors or above in Texas, meaning your criminal record will never be completely erased. You may be eligible for a petition for non-disclosure which is much different.
It is a dangerous, dangerous, assumption for anyone to make that if they plead guilty and accept deferred that the case merely vanishes…
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