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Annual Expunction Expo

Frank Crowley Courts Building - 133 N. Riverfront Boulevard, LB 19, Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: (214) 653-3600 • Fax: (214) 653-5774

An arrest record can be a significant impediment to a good quality of life. Often, individuals with arrest records find it hard to obtain jobs, housing, or financial aid for college.

Under certain specific circumstances outlined in art. 55.01 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, individuals may be able to clear arrests from their records through a process called an expunction. If eligible, an expunction generally results in the destruction of records related to an arrest and authorizes the person to deny that the arrest ever occurred. However, for many Dallas County residents, access to the expunction process remains out of reach due to an inability to pay or uncertainty of how to begin the process.

In 2017, for the first time in its history, Dallas County hosted a coordinated effort to help qualified individuals obtain an expunction to become successful, contributing members of society. District Attorney Faith Johnson partnered with the City of Dallas, then-Councilwoman Tiffinni Young, the District Clerk’s Office, local and community organizations, and 30+ volunteer attorneys to host more than 1000 applicants seeking to clear their arrest records. During this first event, over 125 arrest records were cleared.

In 2018, District Attorney Faith Johnson expanded the reach of the event to include additional faith-based partners, local law students, and new volunteer attorneys, who have helped to clear the arrest records of more than 230 Dallas County residents. Additionally, the County introduced a pre-screening process to help identify residents who may be eligible and to better connect them with volunteer attorneys.

Planning for the next Annual Expunction Expo is already underway. The District Attorney’s Office will release information about the next event through the media.