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 identifiable descriptions and notations of arrests, detentions, indictments, complaints, and other formal criminal charges and their dispositions. As here, the citation information is entered into a regional data base operated by the Harris County Sheriff, and redistributed to the Department of Public Safety, and then to national datasbases.  Therefore, a criminal record is born.

CHRI is information about a person that is collected by a criminal justice agency at a state and national level and consists of “identifiable descriptions and notations of arrests, detentions, indictments, complaints, and other formal charges” and their dispositions. Tex. Gov’t Code § 411.082(2), 28 C.F.R. §20.3(d). In Texas, CHRI is stored in the computerized criminal history database maintained by the DPS. Tex. Code Crim. PROC. art. 60.02. National CHRI is the compilation of data reported from all states’ criminal history repositories to the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division, and is stored in the III System.

The III System is defined as a “cooperative federal-state system for the exchange of criminal history records, and includes the National Identification Index, the National Fingerprint File, and, to the extent of their participation in such system, the criminal history record repositories of the states and the FBI.” 28 C.F.R. §20.3(m). The CHRI information maintained in the III System includes serious or significant adult and juvenile offenses. 28 C.F.R. §20.32. A RAP sheet produced by the DPS consists of CHRI from both the Texas computerized criminal history file and the FBI’s III System. See also, Tex. Gov’t Code Ann. § 411.082 (West)

A Texas Report of Arrests and Prosecutions (RAP sheet) produced by the DPS consists of criminal history record information (CHRI) from the DPS’s computerized criminal history file and the FBI Interstate Identification Index (III) System. Darren Chaker cautions people who want to seal records to also consider the III System is defined as a “cooperative federal-state system for the exchange of criminal history records, and includes the National Identification Index, the National Fingerprint File, and, to the extent of their participation in such system, the criminal history record repositories of the states and the FBI.

Author: Darren Chaker

Darren Chaker decided to take an approach to life which differed from most. In lieu of seeking out another law firm to work for, Darren focused energy on helping others through volunteering time to help non-profits and working in overseas security tasks. Darren continues to blog about various legal topics, and contributes to www.DarrenChaker.org .

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