In Texas, if an arrest did not lead to a conviction, it may be eligible for expunction, which involves obtaining a court order to have the arrest records destroyed and allows you to legally deny the arrest ever occurred on an employment application or apartment rental application.
The law even allows you to deny it under oath in a civil case.
According to information from the Ministry of Justice and Peace, as of June 2016 there were 13,230 people deprived of their liberty, 96% of whom were men and 4% women (notably, 53.8% of the women were incarcerated for drug-related offenses).
There was an overcrowding rate of 40.6%, principally affecting the male prison population, as the number of women incarcerated for drug-related offenses fell due to the approval of Law 9161, which reformed the Psychotropic Substances Law. This reform, known as “77 bis” and implemented in 2013, reduced prison terms for women who smuggle drugs into prisons to a minimum of three to eight years, if they meet certain conditions. This change also permits the use of alternatives to incarceration, as the law permits such alternatives for three-year sentences.
However you can access criminal records free to public and lookup criminals with access to public record resources.
If you were arrested but not convicted, you may be eligible to file for an expunction, which deletes and destroys all records of your arrest and prosecution.
Some of them have been destroyed over the years while some still remain intact.