Texas Expunctions and Non-Disclosure of Records of Arrest

by Ricardo Barrera

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 is 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.

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