Appendix 3000-1: Criminal History Chart for DFPS Employees, Volunteers, Interns, Prospective Employees, and Non-DFPS Staff
Background Checks July 2020
The following links allow the reader to move directly to certain sections of this appendix. For the exact text of the laws, see the Texas Constitution and Statutes website.
As used in this appendix, a criminal conviction is the outcome of a criminal prosecution that results in a judgment that the defendant is guilty of the crime.
In this appendix, criminal convictions include the following:
- Deferred adjudications, when the terms of the agreement have not yet been completed.
- Convictions for similar crimes in other US states or under federal law. (See Any Offense Not Specifically Mentioned Above.)
Criminal convictions do not include the following:
- Vacated convictions.
- Convictions that were set aside.
- Convictions with an order of nondisclosure or an order of expunction in place.
- Pre-trial diversions, either pending or successfully completed.
- Deferred adjudications, when successfully completed.
In this appendix, the term absolute bar means that a person convicted of a particular offense is permanently prohibited from doing any of the following:
- Being employed by DFPS.
- Volunteering or interning with DFPS.
- Accessing DFPS facilities, clients, or resources as a DFPS employee, volunteer, or intern.
Staff with direct access are those staff members who are reasonably likely to do any of the following as part of their employment:
- Make intentional physical contact with a DFPS client.
- Communicate directly with a DFPS client in any manner.
- Obtain physical access to the home or living quarters of a DFPS client.
- Obtain or access any confidential or sensitive data or information about a DFPS client.
The actions that Background Checks takes appear in the last two columns, under Felony and Misdemeanor. All time limits are calculated from the date of conviction.
The abbreviation N/A (not applicable) appears if a particular criminal offense cannot be a felony or cannot be a misdemeanor.
*Note: Inchoate offenses are offenses related to the beginnings of potential criminal acts.