The procedure for expunging criminal records in Texas is outlined in Title One, Chapter 55 of the state's Code of Criminal Procedure. Under certain circumstances, people accused or convicted of misdemeanors or their close relatives may appeal to a district court to have their criminal records expunged, which prevents those records from being seen by the general public. Having criminal records expunged often makes it easier to gain employment, obtain housing and perform other basic societal tasks.
Make sure you are eligible for expunction. Under Texas law, people who have been pardoned or acquitted of a misdemeanor may file for expunction. In addition, people who have been released after being convicted of a misdemeanor may file for expunction provided that they have not been convicted of a felony within the preceding five years.
Prepare a petition to the district court in which your case was originally handled. The letter should notify the clerk that you are requesting the expunction of records. It should include your full legal name, sex, address (at the time you were arrested), race, date of birth, driver's license number and Social Security number. It should also list the offense of which you were accused or convicted, the date of arrest, the date the offense allegedly occurred and the case number for the crime. Finally, you should include a list of every government or private agency that you believe has records you would like expunged.
Submit your petition to the district court in which your case was handled. You may also submit it to the court for the county in which you were arrested or where the offense allegedly occurred, if you were convicted of a crime. If you are filing after being acquitted of the crime, you must file the petition in the court which acquitted you within 30 days of acquittal.