Negatives of Deferred Adjudication

Deferred adjudication, while it keeps a conviction for an offense off of a person’s criminal record, has some very specific downsides. The biggest problem with deferred adjudication is that it leaves a record of an arrest and a guilty plea visible to the public.

Even though there is no conviction because the individual in question managed to complete the required service hours or education classes, there will still be a record of an arrest on the person’s record. This means that even though a person may never have been convicted, he or she will still have to reply in the affirmative if asked if he or she had ever been arrested.

An arrest record, while not quite as bad as a conviction, can still prevent a person from being hired for a specific position. This is exceptionally true if the arrest was for something that might indicate the individual is less than trustworthy.

Another drawback of deferred adjudication is that it shows that the person plead guilty or no contest to the charges brought against him or her. This shows not only that there were charges but that the person actually committed the charges, despite the lack of conviction. So while the individual can truthfully say he or she has never been convicted of a crime, there is evidence available to whomever is doing the asking that shows that the person was charged with and plead guilty to a crime.

Contact a Dallas Expungement Lawyer

If you have received deferred adjudication for any crime and would like to know how to get evidence of this crime off of your criminal record, contact the Dallas expungement lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121.

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