There are three different types of probation a person can be sentenced to as punishment for committing a criminal offense. One of those three- called deferred adjudication- can mean the record of the offense will not be disclosed once the probationer successfully completes the conditions of that probation. Liberty County District Attorney Logan Pickett explained completing a deferred adjudication sentence means details of the criminal offense will not be a matter of public record. Criminal Defense Attorney Chad Etheridge said deferred adjudication can keep a person’s criminal offense from being disclosed to the general public, there are still several agencies that will have access to that information. Criminal prosecutors and defense attorneys agree deferred adjudication comes with plenty of rewards to criminal defendants who successfully complete that kind of probation, but there are risks as well.