Record Clearing

Millions of Texans have a prior arrest record. Individuals with criminal records face barriers to housing, employment, public assistance, educational opportunities, and more.
Texas law provides for the destruction or sealing of records pertaining to an arrest, charge, or conviction in certain circumstances. An expunction is a court order to erase or destroy records. An order of nondisclosure is a court order that seals records or restricts who may access the information.

Although available under the law, record clearing services remain inaccessible to indigent Texans. The process to clear criminal records is complex, generally requiring the assistance of an attorney to help determine eligibility for relief and to navigate the process to obtain relief.

Providing Legal Services

TFDP provides free legal assistance to people who are entitled to criminal record clearing under the law.

The Criminal Record Clearing Assistance project is currently not accepting new clients. Intakes will be on hold until further notice. In the meantime, if you require assistance with criminal record clearing, you can apply for help with the UT Law Assisted Pro Se Expunction Pro Bono Clinic. Information is below.

Do you have:
- An arrest that was never charged?
- An arrest where charges were dismissed?
- A deferred adjudication?
- A first-time misdemeanor conviction?

If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," you may be eligible to clear or restrict a Texas arrest record.

How to apply for free help from a lawyer:
1.) Order your DPS Criminal History Report from any IdentoGo Location: http://bit.ly/identogo
2.) Apply for help: http://bit.ly/helpwithrecords
3.) Applicants will receive an email with next steps, which MAY include attending a free legal clinic in-person or by Zoom.

Advocating for Change

TFDP is working with local and national partners to push for reforms to make record clearing services more accessible to all Texans.

Because poverty is not a crime.

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