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Texas Government Code §411.0728

Criminal record relief for trafficking survivors remains relatively limited in Texas, even in light of recent changes to the law. Survivors of trafficking can petition for a nondisclosure order for prostitution, marijuana and certain theft offenses if they can show they committed the offense “solely” as a trafficking victim.

Alarmingly, in order to be eligible for nondisclosure, Texas law requires survivors to provide assistance to law enforcement or a prosecuting agency if requested. Survivors must wait until one year after their sentence is complete or the case was dismissed to seek nondisclosure. Survivors also are ineligible for nondisclosure if they have ben convicted of another offense after the offense they are seeking to shield.

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