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    Default Difference Between Dismissed Criminal Records vs Expunged Criminal Records

    My question involves criminal records for the state of: Texas

    What is the difference between Dismissed Criminal Records and Expunged Criminal Records?

    State: TEXAS


    Art. 45.052. Dismissal of Misdemeanor Charge on Completion of Teen Court Program

    (a) A justice or municipal court may defer proceedings against a defendant who is under the age of 18 or enrolled full time in an accredited secondary school in a program leading toward a high school diploma for not more than 180 days if the defendant:

    is charged with an offense that the court has jurisdiction of under Article 4.11 or 4.14, Code of Criminal Procedure;


    pleads nolo contendere or guilty to the offense in open court with the defendant's parent, guardian, or managing conservator present;


    presents to the court an oral or written request to attend a teen court program; and


    has not successfully completed a teen court program in the two years preceding the date that the alleged offense occurred.

    (b) The teen court program must be approved by the court.

    (c) A defendant for whom proceedings are deferred under Subsection (a) shall complete the teen court program not later than the 90th day after the date of the teen court hearing to determine punishment is held or the last day of the deferral period, whichever date is earlier. The justice or municipal court shall dismiss the charge at the time the defendant presents satisfactory evidence that the defendant has successfully completed the teen court program.

    (d) A charge dismissed under this article may not be part of the defendant's criminal record or driving record or used for any purpose. However, if the charge was for a traffic offense, the court shall report to the Department of Public Safety that the defendant successfully completed the teen court program and the date of completion for inclusion in the defendant's driving record.


    (d) A charge dismissed under this article may not be part of the defendant's criminal record or driving record or used for any purpose. However, if the charge was for a traffic offense, the court shall report to the Department of Public Safety that the defendant successfully completed the teen court program and the date of completion for inclusion in the defendant's driving record.

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    Default Re: Difference Between Dismissed Criminal Records vs Expunged Criminal Records

    I've never heard of a record being dismissed. Criminal charges can be dismissed but records are expunged.

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