1st Expunction Initiative paves way for better future in jobs, housing, education


District Attorney Greg Willis announced Collin County's first Expunction Initiative. "We are thrilled to help people erase their criminal record and clear a path to more opportunity. Whether seeking employment, education, housing, or military service, we know this initiative will help qualifying individuals do just that." Willis said.

In partnership with the Collin County NAACP, and support from the Collin County District Clerk, Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, the Collin County Bar Association, Plano Bar Association, and Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the initiative was organized to help people who, by law, are eligible to have their criminal records expunged. Examples include when someone is found not guilty or successfully completes a district attorney diversion program.

To best accommodate applicants and volunteers, this program was designed using online resources. To learn more, visit the District Attorney's website at www.CollinCountyDA.com/Expunction2021.

Once the screening process is complete, qualifying applicants will be paired with a legal aid or volunteer attorney who will work with them throughout the process. Applicants who successfully complete the program, volunteers, and community partners will be invited to a celebration event this summer.

The police chiefs of Collin County's major-cities: Plano Police Chief Ed Drain, McKinney Police Chief Greg Conley, Frisco Police Chief David Shilson, and Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey issued this statement of support:

"We firmly support DA Willis' Expunction Initiative. Removing unnecessary limitations of a criminal record helps individuals thrive and strengthens our ability to protect and serve our communities."

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