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Clear Your Criminal Record!

There are just a few days left to apply to find out if you are eligible to clear your criminal record during the Kaufman County Expunction Expo!

Kaufman County is currently hosting the 1st Annual Kaufman County Expunction Expo to help people who are eligible, by law, to have their criminal records erased. Applications are being accepted through Friday, December 31, 2021. For more information and to apply, click HERE or call 469-376-4685.

Kaufman County District Attorney Erleigh Norville Wiley and District Clerk Rhonda Hughey teamed up to offer this service to those who might be held back from life advancement opportunities, by an arrest for a minor charge that has not been addressed. 

“Our goal is to make expunctions accessible to those who might not be able to afford an attorney or know how to navigate this legal system,” Judge Wiley said. “Sometimes it may be a case of being arrested years ago and there were never any charges filed, but the arrest was still on the record, and this provides an opportunity to clear a case like that off your record.”

“An expunction of a past record will eliminate those things that could be holding you back in life,” said District Clerk Rhonda Hughey. “This gives you an opportunity to not only change the course for yourself, but also generationally.”               

Hughey said she understands some may be skeptical about the Expunction Expo, but reassured people that if eligible – this is a total expunction.

The application process for the program is set to run from now through December 31, 2021 and volunteer attorneys from the Kaufman Bar Association will help those who register to determine if they meet the requirements for expungement.

People Possibly Eligible

  • Arrested but a charge was never filed with the DA’s office or was no billed by the grand jury.
  • The criminal charge was dismissed without any type of community supervision or probation prior to dismissal, except for Class C offenses.
  • Successfully completed Class C deferred adjudication.
  • Acquitted or found “not guilty” on a charge by a judge, jury, or appellate court.
  • Convicted of a crime but later pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the President of the United States.

People Possibly Not Eligible

  • The case is still pending.
  • Convicted, even if just a fine was paid.
  • Placed on probation, community supervision or deferred adjudication for any felony or Class A or B misdemeanor, even if the case was later dismissed.
  • Convicted or received any kind of probation on another felony offense arising from the same arrest.

Applicants will be notified in January if they are eligible to attend the pre-qualification clinic in March. There is no legal fee associated with the expo for participants and the county clerk filing fee is waived for participants. Lawyers who volunteer their time to help with the program.

“Having something just hanging out there on your record can stop you from getting jobs, it can stop you from getting a license, it can stop you from renting an apartment if you have a case on your record that you have not taken care of,” Judge Wiley said. “We’ve worked with so many

Hughey agreed, “I once heard an individual say they had been carrying around their arrest for 20-something years and it held them back, but by having this one opportunity to have it removed, they knew their life was going to change. We know this is very impactful, and we know this is the change people need in their lives.”