The 2021 Kaufman County Expunction Expo application period is now open.
How do I participate in the Expunction Expo?
- Click HERE to fill out this Participant Information Form online between now and December 31, 2021.
- You will be notified by January 31, 2022, of your eligibility to attend the Pre-Qualification Clinic on February 12, 2022.
- Graduation is scheduled for March 26, 2022.
Information may also be obtained by calling 469-376-4685.
Supported by the Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas and the Kaufman County Bar Association
What is the Expunction Expo?
The Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Kaufman County District Clerk’s office is hosting the Expunction Expo to help clear criminal records of people who, by law, are eligible for an expunction.
An arrest record can be a significant impediment to a good quality of life. Often, individuals with arrest records find it hard to obtain jobs, housing, or financial aid for college. Under certain specific circumstances outlined in art. 55.01 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, individuals may be able to clear arrests from their records through a process called an expunction. If eligible, an expunction generally results in the destruction of records related to an arrest and authorizes the person to deny that the arrest ever occurred. However, for many Kaufman County residents, access to the expunction process remains out of reach due to an inability to pay or uncertainty of how to begin the process.
- Check your criminal record HERE:
How do I know if I MAY be eligible for an expunction?
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 criminal charge was dismissed without any type of community supervision or probation prior to dismissal, except for Class C offenses,
- You successfully completed Class C deferred adjudication,
- You were acquitted on your charge by a judge or jury (usually by a finding of “Not Guilty”), or appellate court, or
- You were convicted of a crime but later pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the President of the United States.
If any of the above apply, you MAY qualify for an expunction. Also, only KAUFMAN COUNTY offenses can be considered. City tickets and offenses may also qualify.
You are NOT ELIGIBLE for an expunction if:
- Your case is STILL PENDING;
- You were CONVICTED in the case you want expunged, even if you just paid a fine (convictions on other cases do not prevent expunction, unless they are from the same arrest);
- You were placed on PROBATION, COMMUNITY SUPERVISION, or DEFERRED ADJUDICATION for any felony or Class A or B misdemeanor you want expunged, even if your case was later dismissed (Class C deferred adjudication is the only exception); or
- You were convicted or received any kind of probation on ANOTHER FELONY OFFENSE ARISING FROM THE SAME ARREST.