Helpful Information

Expunction Clinics & Record Sealing Legal Assistance

We will update this page periodically featuring expunction clinics and organizations assisting with record clearing. Most of tese services are not administered through Clean Slate Texas and links will take you to separate organizations.

Upcoming Expunction Clinics

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas: Online Expunction Clinic

September 9, 2022, 5:30-7:00

Appointment required

Contact Barbara Smith for appointment: (432) 686-0647 ext. 5503 / smithb@lanwt.org

Waco Record Clearing and Class C Ticket Clinic - POSTPONED (previously scheduled for April 23, 2022, new date TBD)

Co-hosted by Clean Slate Texas coalition member Texas Fair Defense Project

Free Legal Assistance with Record Sealing & Expunctions

The following organizations may be able to provide free legal assistance to help people in Texas seal or expunge their records. Most require a person make below a certain income level (e.g., 200% of the federal poverty guidelines) and live within their service area to qualify for their services. Contact the organization directly for more information about eligibility and to apply for services. 

 

Statewide Organizations

 

Texas Fair Defense Project

More information: ​​https://www.fairdefense.org/what-we-do/record-clearing

How to Apply: Online at  http://bit.ly/tfdprecordshelp

 

University of Texas Law Expunction Clinic

More information here

How to Apply: Online at bit.ly/helpwithrecords

 

Texas Legal Services Center 

More information here: https://www.tlsc.org/employment

How to apply: Call 800.622.2520, Option 4 or https://www.tlsc.org/generalintake

 

Legal Aid Organizations

Texas is covered by three Legal Aid organizations, all of which serve only people residing in their service area. To determine which Legal Aid office serves your county view this map as well as the Service Area Maps linked below. 

 

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas 

Serving North Texas & Panhandle (Service Area Map)

How to Apply: internet.lanwt.org (Clicking “Apply Online”) or find phone number for closest office here:  https://internet.lanwt.org/locations

 

Lone Star Legal Aid 

Serving East Texas & Houston Area (Service Area Map)

How to Apply: https://www.lonestarlegal.org/get-help/ or 

contact closest office on this list: https://www.lonestarlegal.org/offices/ 

 

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid 

Serving Central & West Texas, Rio Grande Valley (Service Area Map

How to Apply: Call 833-329-8752 during business hours

 

Austin & Central Texas

 

Travis County Law Library

More information here 

How to Apply: Call (512) 854–1631

 

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas 

Serving Travis, Hays, Bastrop & Williamson counties 

Instructions on how and when to apply: http://www.vlsoct.org/get-help/ 

Free in-person legal clinic on last Wednesday of the month – appointment required: http://www.vlsoct.org/get-help/vls-in-person-legal-advice-clinics/ 

 

Beaumont & Surrounding Area 

 

Jefferson County Bar Association Pro Bono Program

Serving Jefferson, Hardin & Orange counties

How to apply: https://www.jcba.org/page/ApplySecondChanceSETX

 

Dallas/Fort Worth & Surrounding Area

 

Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

How to Apply: https://tinyurl.com/DVAPClinic or Call 214-243-2236

Information regarding ongoing legal clinics to get help in person: https://dallasvolunteerattorneyprogram.org/get-help/

 

Unlocking Doors - Dallas

Serving Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman & Rockwall counties

How to apply: Call 214-296-9258 or Email info@unlockingdoors.org

 

Cornerstone Assistance Center/Unlocking Doors - Fort Worth 

Serving Tarrant, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Parker & Wise counties

How to apply: Call 214-296-9258 or Email info@unlockingdoors.org

 

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office

Serving Dallas County

Historically hosts an annual Expunction Expo, usually in July. 

Check back here for updates: www.dallascounty.org/government/district-clerk/expunction-expo/

 

Houston & Surrounding Area

 

Beacon Law

Serving Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery & Wallter counties

How to Apply: https://www.jotform.com/beaconlaw/beaconlaw Or apply in person on Friday mornings, 7:00-9:30 am, at the Beacon Day Center, 1212 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002

 

Houston Volunteer Lawyers

Serving Harris and surrounding counties

How to Apply: https://legalhelphouston.org/ or Call (713) 228-0735

 

South Texas College of Law Legal Clinic

How to Apply: Apply online here or Call (713) 646-2990

 

Harris County District Attorney’s Office

Occasionally holds Make It Right! Expunction clinics. Check back here for updates or email DAEXPUNCTION@dao.hctx.net with questions

 

Kaufman County

 

Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office

Held 1st annual Kaufman County Expunction Expo in 202, and plans are being made for a second event in 2022. Check back for updates on kaufmancounty.net or Call 469-376-4685.

 

Laredo & Surrounding Area

 

Webb County Social Justice Night Court 

Serving Webb and surrounding counties

How to Apply: Call to verify eligibility, (800) 840-3379 ext. 21, Monday - Thursday 8:15 - 11:30 am or 888-988-9996, Monday - Thursday, 4:00-8:00 pm 

Night Court is typically held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm, at 1110 Victoria, 2nd Floor, Laredo, TX.

 

Waco & Surrounding Area 

Baylor Law School Legal Clinic

Serving McLennan, Bosque, Hill, Limestone, Falls, Bell & Coryell counties

* Veterans & Veterans’ Spouses Only*

How to Apply: Call (254) 710-4244 or email LegalClinics@baylor.edu

Additional Resources Regarding Record Sealing in Texas

Texas Fresh Start Guide

Georgetown University Law Center 

A free, anonymous online tool to help you assess your eligibility for expunction or sealing of your record in Texas.

 

Guide to Expunctions

Texas Law Help 

Information and instructions for people who wish to file a petition for an expunction of their criminal record in Texas.

Guide to Nondisclosures

Texas Law Help 

Information and instructions for people who wish to file a petition for an order of nondisclosure of their criminal record in Texas.

 

An Overview of Nondisclosures in Texas

Texas Office of Court Administration

Detailed guide to who is eligible for order of nondisclosure in Texas.

 

Expunctions in Texas

Texas Young Lawyers Association and State Bar of Texas

Easy-to-read summary of Texas law on expunctions.

 

A Juvenile's Guide to Understanding Juvenile Records and Sealing 

Texas Department of Juvenile Justice

Brief summary of law regarding sealing of records from the juvenile justice system.