Under Texas law, there are basically two ways theft can be expunged. The first one is you get what’s called “pretrial diversion”. It’s a specialized type of probation that allows you to have your case expunged at the conclusion of the period of pretrial diversion. In Bexar County, they have very strict guidelines on pretrial diversion, and they’re available to anyone under the age of 21. The other option for expunction is you get your case outright dismissed or you’re found not guilty. That also, under Texas law, allows you to do an expunction. You can do what is called a “nondisclosure” if you received deferred adjudication probation. A nondisclosure is not and as effective as an expunction in that it seals the case to the private sector, but government entities and licensing agencies will still find out about it; whereas an expunction is a complete sealing to both the public and private sectors.
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