Travis County delays solution show due to COVID-19, app portal remains open

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Attempts to remove arrest records may take a little longer due to COVID-19, Travis County officials said.

One Expo, where county officials and legal experts help people clear their names from old arrests, set for January 15, but a surge in COVID-19 cases forced it to be postponed .

County officials have not yet set a new date for the fair, but once they do, more than 300 people whose applications have been approved to attend the fair will be notified.

“We remain committed to working with the public to help clear eligible cases from criminal histories for free and also to ensure the highest level of safety for our community in that endeavor.” notice said.

In addition to having old arrests removed from public records, this can make it easier for participants to find work, get housing approval or receive financial assistance, recruitment agencies, and referrals. Real job listings will be at the show to help people build profiles and resumes. on their website.

While the county figures out a new date for the fair, online applications are open to those who think they will qualify for the fair. Only crimes committed in Travis County are eligible for expulsion at the fair.

Here are some conditions that may qualify someone for an extension:

  • You were arrested, but charges were never filed or billed by a grand jury
  • You have a criminal charge that a judge dismissed
  • You have successfully completed a Redirection Program such as Pre-Trial Diversion, Drug Court, etc.
  • You have been acquitted of your charge by a judge or jury (usually by finding “Not guilty”), or an appeals court, or
  • You were convicted of a crime but later pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the President of the United States.

The exhibit is a collaboration between District Attorney Travis Jose Garza, District Attorney Travis Delia Garza, County Clerk Travis Velva L. Price, and Pflugerville City Councilmember Rudy Metayer. Legal services will be provided by members of the Travis County Law Library, the Metropolitan Area Private Defense Service, the Travis County Office of Public Defender, and Volunteer Legal Services.

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Tom Vazquez

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