Texas Expunctions and Non-Disclosure of Records of Arrest

In Texas, one may expunge or successfully delete any and all records of arrest, detention, and prosecution, so long as the case was dismissed and the requisite amount of time has passed since the date of the arrest, which depends on the level of criminal charge. 

This opens the door to second chances in a multitude of areas, including but not limited to professional licenses, job opportunities, loans, apartment background checks, and public reputation. After an expunction is granted, one may deny the arrest occurred.

A non-disclosure in Texas is not the same as an expunction. It is a limited order in that it only non-discloses a record of arrest, prosecution, and detention from the public and does not exclude law enforcement, government, or quasi-government entities. It does include private companies. 

The most important thing to know about non-disclosures if that if you have successfully completed a period of deferred adjudication, then your case must have been dismissed. However, there are time limits, depending on the level of the arrest, before you can file an application for non-disclosure.

For more information please call The Barrera Law Firm at (956) 428-2822 or contact us online

Related articles

Subscribe to our Newsletter

CONTACT US

for your FREE consultation:

An attorney will evaluate
your claim.

Laura Knight
Laura Knight
00:26 24 Oct 20
Dayna Salinas
Dayna Salinas
00:16 06 Oct 20
Have criminal charges pending. BARRERA and his team helped me not to be able to... pay child support and get to have my daughter more often. They are very professional and responsive.read more
Mack Pinson
Mack Pinson
16:20 16 Sep 20
Great attorney's own their client's case, and engender a belief that they will... do everything possible to help their clients succeed. That's exactly what The Barrera Law Firm did for me. Outstanding law firm and believe it or not very honest and upfront. Even helped me financially by allowing me to make reasonable monthly payments. I highly recommend The Barrera Law Firm.read more
Melissa Cornwell
Melissa Cornwell
05:22 05 Sep 20
Mr Barrera cares about his clients. To him it's not just about money. He works... hard on his cases. He even works on his lunch breaks when most lawyers wouldn't even available. He's willing to work with you if you have a financial situation and he treats all his clients like family.read more
Veronica Gonzales
Veronica Gonzales
17:02 26 Jun 20
I want to Thank The Barrera Law firm for how well they handled my case. They... came through just as promised. I had a hard time facing this battle, they were there for me every step of the way! Thank you Barrera team!!read more
isela salinas
isela salinas
20:17 19 May 20
Mr. Barrera was very professional and helped me through every step of my case... to be able to win my case! I am very thankful that I was highly recommended to him. Also, a great price for his services. Thank you Mr. Barrera!read more
Juan Berlanga
Juan Berlanga
20:08 13 Feb 20
Jessica Ramos
Jessica Ramos
21:14 04 Jan 20
Great people and great place. Barrera Law firm means business.
Jose cruz
Jose cruz
20:38 17 Dec 19
This is the best law firm in the state. I have gotten more time with my... daughter this past few months thanks for this law firm. I really recommend this law firm for any dads that think that they don’t have rights for their kids. This law firm will give you the confidence that you need to fight for your kids. Again thank you both for what you have done and will do in the future.read more
Valentine Rodriguez
Valentine Rodriguez
13:20 25 Nov 19
Daniel Quiroz
Daniel Quiroz
21:17 24 Oct 19
These guys know their stuff, they are very knowledgeable on how the law works.... They are very responsive and understanding to the clients needs, very detailed and informative. I couldn't have found a better team to get the job done the first time to win custody of my kids this year. I would reccomend them to any parent fighting for custody or any legal matter at that. Super impressed with them! They helped me win custody of my children this morning and I could help but cry happy tears when I left the court house, I am so grateful that this finally happened. Thank You Again, Rick and Alex, for your help!read more
Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez
22:57 09 Oct 19
Attorney Barrera and his staff were very professional, knowledgeable and... understood my concerns from the beginning. I would recommend Attorney Barreras service’s to anybody.read more
Adrian Mendez
Adrian Mendez
00:58 09 Oct 19
First off I want it known that I was gonna write a great review no matter the... outcome. Mainly because Mr. Barrera is not here to get you out of the hole your in, he’s here to make sure that you get the best possible outcome for the situation you found yourself in. I was in dire need of assistance due to a very tough custody battle and I needed it quick. I sought help from Mr. Barerra and I was willing to pawn my valuables to get him to represent me. He worked with me with what I had even though he wasn’t benefiting from the situation. He put his trust in me to pay his VERY reasonable price in a REASONABLE time because at the end of the day he knew what mattered NOW was my children and nothing else. All I’ll say is he is a very honest and intelligent human who will fight for what matters most and he will do it quick. I won’t sit here and say I won because honestly there are no winners in custody battles. There is only the best suited. With that being said , I will say that I WAS found to be the best suited for my children all thanks to Mr Barrera. Thank you sir.read more
Donna Summers
Donna Summers
22:23 20 Sep 19
My brother wrote a review about Mr. Barrera, but I wanted to confirm the... excellent service and highest character of this man. We are from out of town and he was referred to us but we could not have been more pleased. He walked us through a very complicated situation having never met us. He was an amazing support in navigating something we were unfamiliar with and from a distance. He spent more time on this case than he had to but he never charged us more money. That is integrity. I highly recommend him!read more
Julio Reyes
Julio Reyes
21:47 20 Sep 19
Me Barrera did a terrific job on my case he did what he needed to to help me... out I totally recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyerread more
Duane White
Duane White
13:35 20 Sep 19
Mr. Barrera just helped my sister and I settle a very difficult and complicated... family estate (after the passing of our father). He was VERY reasonably priced and never asked for more money even though the negotiations drug out a year longer than anticipated. Definitely a man of his word.Most importantly to me... he is full of character and integrity. I highly recommend his services.read more
Maria Jimenez
Maria Jimenez
19:53 04 Sep 19
My family was recently targeted by Child Protective Services. They made it... clear that they wanted to remove my children so I turned to The Barrera Law Firm. Mr. Barrera helped us navigate the entire process. He made sure their threats were simply that, words that could not hurt us. CPS found nothing (as expected) but they were still unsatisfied. They harassed us, they came into my home making accusations, trespassed, yelled, argued...they pulled their dirty little tricks. Every step of the way Mr. Barrera was there. He made it clear that CPS was not allowed to bully us or tear my family apart. He went above and beyond. He contacted their main headquarters and the CPS worker was no longer able to come onto my property or have any contact with me without proper supervision. I am thrilled to say the case is closed. The judge dismissed the case and CPS is out of my life. Mr. Barrera ensured my family stayed together. He would answer all my concerns the minute I voiced them. He is truly dedicated. He explains everything so well. I will never forget the first time he contacted CPS to inform them he was representing me. The silence from CPS followed by their unsteady voices was extremely satisfying. They thought they could target me and my family just because I am a step mom but he put them in their place really quick. I highly recommend Mr. Barrera.CPS tried to ruin my life. The Barrera Law Firm made sure that didn't happen. I advise anyone seeking help to voice it. They bully perfectly healthy and safe families. Now is the time to speak up. Don't be a victim like we were. My best decision was to hire Mr. Barrera and do what was right despite how scary it was at first. You can too.read more
Daniel Garcia
Daniel Garcia
20:45 24 Aug 19
Esteban Guerrero
Esteban Guerrero
23:33 03 Aug 19
Craig GroveRealtor
Craig GroveRealtor
19:56 01 Aug 19
The Barrera Law Firms is a great firm to work with. They are very honest about... your situation and work with you to help find the best result for you. Ricardo is also easy to get a hold of and work with.read more
Matthew Eckerson
Matthew Eckerson
22:23 13 Jun 19
My wife and I had need of a family attorney for an estate and we live in... Missouri, Mr Barrera unlike several attorneys actually took the time to speak with us long distance and agreed to represent us. The estate took eight months l longer than it should due to a family member and their attorney. Mr. Barrera gave us his cell phone number, he answered his phone and returned texts messages and provided first class service. Mr Barrera and his office took care of us when other attorneys in Harlingen would not even bother talking to us due to us being out of state. Mr Barrera did all the work he promised for his retainer in processing the estate and went above and beyond due to the added family issues and opposing attorney motions dragging out the estate settlement. The estate went into arbitration and Mr Barrera represented us during that process and we came out a winner in the end and very happy with the outcome.Bottom line is I have worked with other attorneys in the past and Mr Barrera unlike other attorneys he was very accessible when not in court, he personally returned calls, emails and text messages he did everything he could to make dealing with the loss of a family member and the associated legal issues as easy as possible with us living in Missouri we are grateful for his representation as our attorney and would recommend him and his law firm to others in need if his services. Mr Barrera did not nickle and dime us to death like a lot of Harlingen attorneys will, he gave us his price and he kept his word and worked hard to represent us and we were successful due to time and representation.read more
Angel Delgado
Angel Delgado
02:05 27 May 19
I highly recommend Barrera Law Firm. Knowing how difficult it would be for a... father to get custody of his children in the State of Texas he took took my case and fought for me. Mr. Barrera and his colleague worked very hard on my case. Thanks to him and Mr. Gallaga they won my custody case. I'm very grateful for their help.read more
Mary B
Mary B
20:29 01 May 19
Mr. Barrerra and Mr. Alex were very helpful and professional..All questions... were answered and were very patient with my concerns. I highly recommend their services to anyone in need of attorney.read more
Maria Salazar
Maria Salazar
20:14 30 Apr 19
My experience with Barrera law firm was amazing very friendly environment.... Attorneys made me feel very comfortable and let me know they’d try in do everything they could for me. I highly recommend them .read more
Blas Fernandez
Blas Fernandez
23:53 17 Apr 19
First of all i wan to thank Mr.Barrera for helping me to get my son back. It... wasnt a easy case, as there had only been 4 like mine in the state of Texas before with the last one being in 2010. In my situation, when my son was born my rights were taken away since the mother of my son let her Bf at the time sign my sons birth certificate. Automatically giving him rights to my son, and me not even being able to see him. It was tough to get the Judge to give me my rights and to take them away from the other guy. With DNA test evidence we were able to solve this case, we went through hell and back to get the test done but we were able to get it done. Mr.Barrera never quit on me even though everybody made it seem like it was impossible, and also when i was ready to quit he gave me hopes and told me he was going to get me my son back. I strongly recommend for everybody to have him as your attorney. Also want to thank our Family friend who Referred him to us. I will forever be grateful for him helping me because im always going to have my son in my life and im always going to be a part of his.read more
Vince Garza
Vince Garza
12:31 13 Apr 19
Thank you for all ur help. The consultation, the process and speedy court date... was very fast and successful.read more
Rose Marin
Rose Marin
17:12 20 Mar 19
Mr. Barrera was quick to respond to my message and quick to review my case. He... was one to help me with whatever my situation was. He was courteous, professional and very sincere. I highly recommend him. My opinion to all.. consult with him before any other attorney.Thank you Mr. Barrera!Ms. Marinread more
Mary Mendez
Mary Mendez
16:26 23 Feb 19
Mr.Barrera is an awsome lawyer I would say the best in the valley .He truly... cares about his clients, he is always available to his clients even during the holidays, Mr . Barrera has great payment plans and understands the stress and needs of his clients he will fight a clean and just battle but it will be a winning one through honesty and integrity .If we should ever need a lawyer again he will be the only lawyer we call. Thank you so much Mr. Barrera for your services and for helping do what was best for the children may god bless u always . Mrs.Mendez xoxoxoread more
Marie Dorsett
Marie Dorsett
18:44 30 Jan 19
Highly recommend The Barrera Law Firm. At the time that I walked into his... office, I was a single mother of three trying my best to navigate my situation in court. I had absolutely no ability to communicate with my childs father and I was not able to ever find a consensus with him, so much in fact that we had to go through the courts due to that. Mr.Barrera took care of my family and handled my case very well and made sure that I was always in the know of what was happening. He was very honest with me as well and let me know what could happen what I should be concerned about and I am so grateful for finding his firm. I always recommend the best, and I recommend his Law Firm if you need an Attorney in a sensitive situation who will look out for you and take care of you in Court. Finally Mr. Barrerra got me everything I needed and I was able to move and start a better life with my kids. I am so Grateful to his Law Firm. Thank you .read more
K1ng Sh1t
K1ng Sh1t
17:54 14 Jan 19
Very friendly just a little small inside and tight parking
Melleny Penketh
Melleny Penketh
23:18 07 Jan 19
I highly recommend this law firm. They were quick to help and were completely... professional in their service. I’ll definitely turn to them for assistance in the future. Thanks for everything!read more
Greg Waters
Greg Waters
12:40 16 Dec 18
I went through a divorce that started in January of 2018, by March it was... final. Ric was always available and always confident. I have so many positive comments to make but don`t know where to start !! His fees are very reasonable and I never felt I was padding his pocket. Availability is a big deal with me due to my demanding schedule, he made it a point to meet me at times that were probably way more convenient for me than they were for him !! Payment of fees were never a major point of discussion, I feel like Ric has compassion for his clients (me) and knows they`re going through a difficult time (or they wouldn`t need a lawyer). Ric is a positive person that is enjoyable to communicate with and is definitely listening while you are explaining your case, or even your weekend plans. I`d like to thank him for his professionalism, his compassion and his ability to work with people during their times of distress. Thanks Ricread more
Dayala Luther
Dayala Luther
03:44 30 Nov 18
Great legal representation! I highly recommend The Barrera Law Firm. Mr.... Barrera was very knowledgeable and passionate! He never doubted our case or gave up on us! The staff was friendly and very reliable.read more
Juan Cepeda
Juan Cepeda
03:51 10 Nov 18
He wasn't able to take on a case I had but he responded very quickly
C Gza
C Gza
03:44 13 Sep 18
Mr Barrera has gone above and beyond his comfort zone to solve a legal problem... for me. Even when things looked difficult he jumped on the challenge and took the best route possible to solve the case. He represented my interests in the court and In the end he was able to come out of the court victorious. I highly recommend him for any legal matter.read more
Lorie Lopez
Lorie Lopez
23:05 11 Sep 18
Mr. Barrera is the epitome of a true professional. He isn't going to tell you... what you want to hear, he is going to be completely transparent and truthful while going above and beyond to ensure in the end you have a favorable outcome. His extensive knowledge of the law and his work ethic make him the obvious choice when choosing an attorney. Mr. Barrera and his legal secretary have been great at staying in communication with me during this whole process and I am very grateful for the attention he has given my case despite his busy workload. If you find yourself in a tough family law situation or should you be faced with a legal issue that seems impossible, I highly recommend The Barrera Law Firm. He truly has been a godsend!read more
Tre Jones
Tre Jones
18:16 02 Aug 18
Mr. Barrera has done excellent work with my case. I will be using him for all... future attorney needs. I highly recommend him for all.read more
Michael Townsley
Michael Townsley
20:03 15 Jun 18
I would highly recommend Ricardo Barrera and the Barrera Law Firm to anybody... looking for representation in the south Texas area. In representing me, Ric proved to be a great attorney with an impressive knowledge of Texas law. He was laser-focused on my needs and goals and showed tremendous dedication, care and commitment to my case. I have never had an attorney so responsive and reachable. Ric did not hesitate to give me his cell number and encourage me to text him with any questions. Whenever I reached out he would always respond almost immediately with clear, straight-forward answers. In my experience, Ric had a great working relationship and extensive experience with the attorneys and courts in Cameron County which enabled him to resolve my case in a speedy manner and prepare me for any questions that may have been asked in court. I am very grateful to Ric for being so helpful to me and going the extra mile in my case.read more
Gabriel Gonzalez
Gabriel Gonzalez
03:27 07 Jun 18
He understands the law and looks out for your best interests. Highly... recommended for any legal situation you would need a lawyer for.read more
Kimberly Wood
Kimberly Wood
01:56 24 May 18
I have known Ric now for over four years. When I left an abusive relationship... back in 2014, Ric believed my story when others would not, and stood up for me even when some of my own family members refused to help me. At first, my ex tried to hire Ric out from under me, but Ric caught on to his ploy and refused to speak with him even though I had not had the opportunity to pay him a retainer at that point. His word was already his bond. He always made sure to make me feel comfortable by allowing me to text or call him when any issue would arise, and he also gave me tremendous advice in those times. Even as the circumstances surrounding my divorce continued long after the papers were signed, Ric still cared enough to follow through with all promises, to make sure that everything was taken care of in the very end. I can not help but to highly recommend The Honorable Ricardo Barrera to anyone looking for a family law attorney in Harlingen or Brownsville. He will fight for you regardless of your financial situation, and his integrity speaks for itself by being nothing short of impeccable.read more
Dana Cortez
Dana Cortez
01:26 08 May 18
I would highly recommend The Barrera Law Firm. He is very fast and efficient. ... Also, when I had questions a year later he was prompt to return my call and answer all of my questions.read more
april martinez
april martinez
23:39 29 Mar 18
He is a great attorney. Will do everything to get the case done. I have court... in Edinburgh and he is from harlingen so for him to drive that much for a case shows a lot. He will answer questions and pick up phone calls even if its on a weekend. Not like other attorneys who NEVER answer the phone! I am so happy he was able to settle my case, i had a different attorney who kept rescheduling the court date and just trying to get me to settle for less than justified amount. He is awesome! Shows he cares about you and not the payment.read more
Next Reviews
Call Now ButtonCALL NOW