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.
Below you will find references to the areas of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the Texas Government Code and the Texas Family Code that govern expunctions, orders of nondisclosure and the sealing of juvenile records. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the “plain English” resources available in the Understanding the Law section of 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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Below is an e-book title that may help you with your research on expunctions and non-disclosure.
Below are some library resources that can provide more details about expunctions and nondisclosure. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have questions about these materials.