Tickets n’ Databases

A traffic ticket is not just something that goes away. The ticket, or citation, is entered into local, regional, and federal databases. Darren Chaker recommends to keep in mind a traffic citation is an arrest, and is included in local databases and included in state wide and national databases. “Criminal history record information” (CHRI) means information collected about a person by a criminal justice agency that consists of...

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Destruction of Criminal Record

Texas expunction law allows a record to be used in other cases. Texas record sealing law extends to “all records and files relating to the arrest” of the petitioner if the criminal case as required. Tex. Code Crim. Proc. Ann. art. 55.01(a). Darren Chaker found...

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Texas Record Sealing

Darren Chaker notes that most people are not aware a simple citation (ticket) is construed as an arrest. Atwater v. City of Lago Vista, 533 U.S. 924,121 S. Ct. 2540.  In Texas, as with most states, only a person who was arrested may obtain expunction of his records, because an arrest is a threshold requirement under the expunction statute. Ex parte S.C. (App. 14 Dist. 2009) 305 S.W.3d 258. In T.C.R. v. Bell County District Attorney’s...

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