Arlington, TX asked in Criminal Law for Texas

Q: I live in a county in East Texas. The county maintains a public web site that features criminal details case details.

including mug shots that is freely available to the general public

without caveat.

Is there any time limit to how long they can keep a persons record essentially

public? (Misdemeanors from A to C and Felonies of course.)

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2 Lawyer Answers

Herman Martinez

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: The most certain way is to get your arrest records expunged.

Kiele Linroth Pace

  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: They are considered public records unless they are expunged (ordered destroyed) or sealed by order of nondisclosure.

Eligibility for those remedies depends on how the case was resolved.

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