In certain cases, Texas individuals are able to have their criminal record expunged (i.e. cleared), or they may petition for their record (including juvenile records) to be sealed through a nondisclosure order.
The information on this guide can help you understand the difference between an expunction and nondisclosure, who is eligible for each process, and how the process generally works. This guide also includes links to common forms used in the expunction and nondisclosure processes.
Below you will find references to the areas of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure and the Texas Government Code that govern expunctions and orders of nondisclosure. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the “plain English” resources on this page or speak to an attorney.
Because state law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in “plain English.”
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The third volume of this 3-volume practice guide contains information on expunging arrest records.