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Expunction Expo

2019 Expunction Expo Information


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Registration for the 2019 Expunction Expo is now closed.

Thank you to the over 1,000 people who submitted Participant Information Forms!
The individuals who qualified will be invited to attend the Pre-Qualification Clinic.
(Written notification will be sent to all interested participants via the email address provided on the Participant Information Form.)

Thank you to all of our many partners participating in the Expunction Expo and to everyone who helped spread the word through social media and other avenues.

 

 

What is the Expunction Expo?

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.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office in partnership with the Dallas County District Clerk's office is hosting their 3rd Annual Expunction Expo to help clear criminal records of people who, by law, are eligible for an expunction. Since its inception in 2017, this event has helped clear over 400 criminal records.

How do I know if I MAY be eligible for an expunction?

Per Texas statute, individuals who have offenses on their criminal record MAY qualify for an expunction if any of the following apply:

  • You were arrested but a charge was never filed or was no billed by the grand jury,
  • You have a criminal charge that was dismissed,
  • You were acquitted on your charge by a judge or jury (usually by a finding of “Not Guilty”), or appellate court, or
  • You were convicted of a crime but later pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the President of the United States.

If any of the above apply, you MAY qualify for an expunction.

For our expo, only DALLAS COUNTY offenses can be considered.

You are NOT ELIGIBLE for an expunction if:

  • Your case is STILL PENDING;
  • You were CONVICTED in the case you want expunged, even if you just paid a fine (convictions on other cases do not prevent expunction, unless they are from the same arrest); You were placed on PROBATION, COMMUNITY SUPERVISION, or DEFERRED ADJUDICATION for any felony or Class A or B misdemeanor you want expunged, even if your case was later dismissed (Class C deferred adjudication is the only exception); or
  • You were convicted or received any kind of probation on ANOTHER OFFENSE ARISING FROM THE SAME ARREST.