Law enforcement is required to notify school officials of the arrest of any person or juvenile believed to be enrolled in a public primary or secondary school. This legal duty is another exception to the rule that juvenile records are confidential. These records are not, however, available to the public, and any person who receives information under the school notification rule may not disclose it except as specifically authorized by law.
Law enforcement must report to school officials any felon offense and the following misdemeanors:
- Unlawful restraint
- Indecent exposure
- Deadly conduct
- Terroristic threat
- Engaging in organized criminal activity
- Controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, or marijuana offenses
- Unlawful possession of weapons or devices
- Unlawful possession of any prohibited weapon
Sex Offender Information
Besides notifying schools about certain offenses committed by students, law enfacement also has the duty to immediately notify school officials in a public school district where a registered sex offender intends to reside if:
- The victim at the time of the offense was a child younger than 17 or a student in a public or private secondary school;
- The person subject to registration is a student enrolled in a public or private secondary school; or
- The basis for the sex offender registration is a conviction, deferred adjudication, or adjudication for delinquent conduct for sexual performance b y a child, or possession or promotion of child pornography.
The information contained in the notice may include any information the agency feels is necessary to protect the public, except the person’s social security number or driver’s license number, or any home, work, or cellular telephone n umber, and any information that would identify the victim of the offense. On receipt of this notice, the superintendent must release the information to appropriate school district personnel, including peace officers and security personnel, principals, nurses, and counselors.
Rockwall County expunction lawyer Constantine G. Anagnostis has extensive experience helping individuals clear their records. An arrest for a criminal offense can have major consequences on one’s future. There are, however, certain options available to remove a criminal charge from your record. A person who has been placed under a custodial or noncustodial arrest for commission of either a felony or a misdemeanor may be entitled to have all record and files relating to the arrest expunged. After an expunction order is granted, the petitioner may, for most purposes, deny ever being arrested or obtaining an expunction. A nondisclosure order prohibits disclosure of all criminal history record information. Rockwall County expunction lawyer Constantine G. Anagnostis can explain the options available for you, eligibility requirements, and the effect each has on your criminal record. For more information on clearing your criminal record, you may call 817-229-0319 to schedule a free consultation, or submit a sample case form.