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    Default How Get an Expungement - Charges Dropped, Case Dismissed

    My question involves criminal records for the state of: Texas

    Long story short, I'd like the warrant and arrest records expunged after the charges were dropped/dismissed by the County attorney.

    I've read the law on texas.gov but it really isn't all that clear to me if:

    1. All charges were dropped and the County attorney did not pursue the case.
    2. No court date was ever needed because the charges were dropped

    Questions:
    1. Is an expunge necessary if the charges were dropped and there is no criminal case or conviction?
    2. If it is necessary/possible, can I expunge the warrant?
    3. If it is necessary/possible, can I expunge the arrest?
    4. I'm very much a private & law abiding person and would prefer no mention of me in anything regarding a criminal background. Is it possible to wipe it all away?
    5. If not possible to wipe it all away, what would remain in a normal criminal background check after "everything" that can be done is completed?
    Thanks

    BTW - the police work done on this was pretty sad and ended up wasting taxpayer money (mine included!)

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    Default Re: How Get an Expungement - Charges Dropped, Case Dismissed

    The applicable statute is here.

    1) Yes.
    2) Not separately. That's part of the arrest record, so if one goes, they both do.
    3) Yes.
    4) An expungement will wipe it off "normal" records. Certain government agencies and licensing boards can still see it, but if you're not planning to go work for the CIA, you'll be fine. And even then...

    Contact your county Clerk of Courts for the relevant forms and instructions. It wouldn't hurt to consult with an attorney to help you with all the paperwork, either.
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