Are You Eligible To Clean Up Your Texas Criminal History? Take Our Quiz To Find Out.
There are two ways to clean up a Texas criminal history: expunctions (also known as expungements) and orders of nondisclosure (sealing).
Expunctions are better than orders of nondisclosure. Here's why. With an expunction, the court orders government agencies to delete and destroy not only your arrest record, but also all records related to that arrest record. On top of that, the court can order the Texas Department of Public Safety to notify any private entity of the expunction order. That includes the many internet companies that have purchased your criminal history from DPS.
With an order of nondisclosure, no records are deleted or destroyed, but certain public agencies are ordered not to disclose the record.
With an expunction, you may deny the occurrence of the arrest and the existence of the expunction order.
With an order of nondisclosure, you can't deny the occurrence of the arrest altogether, but you don't have to say that you have been prosecuted for the sealed offense in any application for employment, information, or licensing.
Find Out If You're Eligible for Expunction or Nondisclosure in 10 Questions or Less.
Regardless of whether you're eligible, you can still get an internet scrub. With an internet scrub, we tell the biggest data collectors to take your data out of their databases.