Dallas, TX asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Texas

Q: How to get access to sealed juvenile records in Texas? The case was a sexual abuse case & the plaintiff recanted

The victim was a child & recanted the statement for the family. The child is an adult now & in therapy & would like access to the files for therapy reasons. How do they get access

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Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: You must petition the Court that sealed the records and obtain an Order from the Judge to allow access to the files. You will need an attorney Good luck.

Jeredith Elaine Jones
Jeredith Elaine Jones
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Conroe, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: It would depend on the records. Some records are not discoverable before or after a final order. The Forensic interview, for instance, would never be allowed to be released but you may be able to view it at the district attorneys office given the proper open court case. In addition, you will come against strong opposition from the district attorneys office and the court on this issue because it is generally expected that a victim may recant her outcry after the fact.

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