The Dallas County Expunction Expo
The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the Dallas County District Clerk’s office announced their sixth annual Dallas County Expunction Expo. This expo provides an opportunity for those who meet certain criteria to have their offenses criminal records cleared.
Why is this important? Because an arrest, even one for a very minor offense, can follow an individual around for the rest of their lives. It can block gainful employment, entry into schools and colleges, prevent people from renting and stop people from entering the military.
This Dallas County Expunction Expo was launched in 2017. Each year the attendance has grown and according to a statement made by Dallas County DA’s office, last year they had a record number of 1300 applications in one week. All from who are looking to get their criminal records wiped clean in order to make a fresh start and change their lives for the better.
“The Expo has continued to grow each year and that means we have been able to help more people get a fresh start and become contributing members of society again,” Dallas County DA John Creuzot said in the release.
Creuzot also mentioned “Many people may not be able to obtain gainful employment, attend college or serve in the military because of something on their record that can be eliminated”.
The Texas legal system provides for the expunction of records for individuals who meet certain criteria, but many people are unaware that the expunction laws exist or that they may be eligible. And for those that are aware, they may not have the ability to afford an attorney to help them navigate the process successfully.
In conjunction with Dallas County officials, there are also several volunteer groups associated with this effort, many are offering free legal services to assist with getting these expunctions processed as quickly as possible.
Former Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson initially created the program and it has continued under John Creuzot, Dallas’ current District Attorney and continues to grow each year.
“There are some people who have nothing whatsoever except this and it’s kind of hanging there, standing there and it’s an impediment to moving on,” said Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot.
How Do I Know If I Qualify To Have My Criminal Record Expunged?
Listed below are SOME of the criteria for having your criminal records expunged. Keep in mind these are not a guarantee for expunction.
Applications must be completed online by July 11.
Copied directly from the Dallas County Expunction Expo site:
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,
• Your Felony, Misdemeanor Class A, or Misdemeanor Class B charge was dismissed without any type of community supervision or probation prior to dismissal,
• You successfully completed Class C deferred adjudication,
• You were acquitted (found “not guilty”) on your charge by a judge, jury, or appellate court,
• You were convicted of a crime but later pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the President of the United States, or
• You were convicted before 09/01/2021 for unlawfully carrying a weapon under Section 46.02(a) of the Penal Code.
If any of the above apply, you MAY qualify for an expunction.
People who meet the criteria will be contacted by September 12, 2022 by volunteer attorneys who will assist in beginning the paperwork process for filing for the expungement.
Click here for Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
If you still have questions or need additional information, please call 214-653-2905.
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