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TFDP provides resources for people affected by the criminal justice system. Read and download a few our resources below.

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Driver's License & Class C Misdemeanors

If your driver's license is suspended or you have tickets you are unable to pay, please complete and submit this form. We also recommend looking at Ticket Help Texas for answers to common questions.

Criminal Records

If you have an arrest, charge, or conviction you would like to clear, please complete this form.

Documents

Help! I have unpaid traffic tickets!

This self-help brochure gives practical advice for resolving your traffic tickets when you cannot afford to pay the fine and are facing warrants or jail.

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How Does the Driver Responsibility Program Repeal affect me?

In June 2019, the Governor signed a bill repealing the Driver Responsibility Program.  This repeal will forgive surcharge debt for over 1.5 million Texans.  Texas Fair Defense Project and Texas Appleseed published these FAQ's to answer questions related to the repeal.

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What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Why you need a defense lawyer if you are charged with a misdemeanor

A misdemeanor is not a “minor” crime. If you are convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor you will be exposed to a number of penalties that will remain with you and your family long after you have completed your sentence. Many of the penalties that you will face if you are convicted of a Class A or Class B misdemeanor are “hidden” because the judge and the prosecutor don’t have to tell you about them. If you do not have a defense lawyer to explain all of these penalties to you, you may only find out about them after it’s too late.

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What are your rights if you are not a U.S. Citizen and you are arrested for a criminal charge?

For Non-citizens, even a conviction for a minor offense can lead to deportation from the United States. This brochure, “Know Your Rights if You Are Not a United States Citizen and You Are Arrested for a Criminal Charge” helps non-citizens understand their legal rights from an initial interaction with the police through conviction.

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You Have the Right to a Lawyer in Your Criminal Case . . . But You Gotta Know How to Get One

Protecting your right to a lawyer and having a lawyer assist you in your case can mean the difference between getting fair treatment in court and getting railroaded by the system. This fact not only applies if you hire your own attorney, but also if you can’t afford to hire one.  If you can’t afford to hire a lawyer, the best way to be sure you get treated fairly is to obtain a court-appointed lawyer from the courts.  Knowing how to request a lawyer from the courts can make the process easier.

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