Texas Expungement and Record Sealing

Austin, Texas Legalizes Hemp, Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Marijuana

In the capitol of Texas, Austin, a heated debate has ensued after the state recently passed House Bill 1325.  The Bill legalized the production and consumption of hemp. Because of the new law, many district attorneys now require officials to distinguish between hemp from marijuana. Because, marijuana is still illegal in the state, and the …

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Texas Wants to Make It Easier to Fire People with Criminal Records

As recently reported by The Nation, a major change for workers with a criminal record may be taking place. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits blanket employment discrimination based on criminal records. This was a response to the disproportionate amount of crimes committed by minorities in low income areas. Since then, employers …

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Can a Felon Adopt a Child in Texas?

Every U.S. state has regulations for required background checks for the fostering or adoption process. Additionally, some states require background checks for any adult living in the household of the prospective parent or foster parent. If you have a criminal record, whether in Texas or elsewhere, and you’d like to adopt – check your local …

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Can You Be a Nurse with a Criminal Record in Texas?

Many people dream of one day having the opportunity to make a difference in their community. What better way to bring hope and cheer into the lives of the sick and scared than to be a nurse? Licensed nurses deal with our most vulnerable people: the diseased, children, elderly, and disabled.  A career in nursing …

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New ‘Second Chance’ Record Sealing Law in Texas

In 2017 Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law allowing first-time DWI offenders to petition to have their criminal record sealed. House Bill 3016, termed the “Second Chance Bill,” allows people convicted of one low-level offense – including a DWI with a blood alcohol level under 0.14 or nonviolent Class C misdemeanors – to …

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How Will an Expungement Affect My Ability to Travel?

Traveling to Other Countries with a Criminal Record Traveling is something most people enjoy. But what if you want to travel and have a criminal record? Will this affect your ability to travel? The short answer is that it depends. It depends on what country you’re traveling to and what is on your criminal record. …

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How To Seal Your Criminal Record In Texas

Texas law refers to getting an order to seal your records as obtaining an “Order of Nondisclosure” – for this article we will use both terms interchangeably. The process for drafting and filing a Petition for Nondisclosure for a Texas record sealing can be a long and complex process, with many steps involved.  After determining …

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How to Get a Copy of my Criminal Record in Texas?

The State of Texas maintains a permanent database of criminal records, unless of course you obtain an expunction, order of nondisclosure, pardon, or conviction set-aside. Furthermore, under State law, your criminal record is accessible to the public by request. Even if you were arrested and never charged or convicted of an offense, those records are …

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