I am a Texas minor who has a petty theft, fighting, profanity, curfew violation, and minor in possession of tobacco on my record. All of this stuff is over 2 years old. I will soon be 17 and old enough to have pre-employment background checks run on me. Is there anything I can do as far as getting some of this stuff off of my record or at least sealed? I'm mainly worried about the theft misdemeanor. Please help me with anything I can do to pass these background checks
State/Country relating to question: Texas
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1 year and 6 months
Justin,Thank you. You told me that all of this stuff is 2 years old, but now you tell me that it has been 1 year and 6 months.I am guessing you mean that the CHARGE was from 2 years ago, and the adjudication/discharge was 1 year and six months ago, correct?
Yes, the last charge is two years old however it was dismissed in court 1 year and 6 months ago.
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Justin,So I have some good news - there is a way to redact said record. Tex. Fam. Code Sec. 58.003 allows you to file a petition once it has been two years since the last matter was discharged (so you have to wait 6 more months, I am afraid).You'd have to show that since that time, for the 2+ years, you have been clean and had no charges or convictions of any kind. See here for the statute itself:http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/FA/htm/FA.58.htm#58.003Your attorney or guardian has to file a PETITION TO SEAL with the Court and have the Judge hold a quick hearing on the matter. If you can show that you have reformed and your previous convictions were not major ones for things like murder or sexual abuse, the record is sealed. This can be done within one filing and one hearing, so it is relatively fast. I am even including the petition to file below (within the packet):http://www.texasfosteryouth.org/downloads/sealing_juvenile_records.pdfApologies for the wait. REPLY if you need anything else - good luck!IMPORTANT INFO: I hope this finds you well. Please use REPLY TO EXPERT to keep talking, or RATE my answer when we are finished. Kindly rate my answer as one of the top three faces because this is how I get credit for my time with you. Rating my answer the bottom two faces does not give me credit and reflects negatively on me as an expert even if my answer is correct. I work very hard to formulate an informative and honest answer for you; please reciprocate my good faith. Do not worry, you may always ask follow ups free after rating.
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