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Civil Case Type Categories

1. INJURY OR DAMAGE INVOLVING MOTOR VEHICLE: All cases for damages associated in any way with a motor vehicle (automobile, truck, motorcycle, etc.), with or without accompanying personal injury. Examples include personal injury, property damage, and wrongful death cases that involve motor vehicles.

 2. INJURY OR DAMAGE OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLE: Cases for personal injury or damages arising out of an event not involving a motor vehicle. Examples include "slip-and-fall" cases, as well as personal injury, property damage, and wrongful death not involving motor vehicles.

 3. WORKERS' COMPENSATION: Appeals from awards of compensation for personal injury by the Workers= Compensation Commission (Ch. 410, Labor Code).

 4. TAX CASES: Suits brought by governmental taxing entities for the collection of taxes.

 5. CONDEMNATION: Suits by a unit of government or a corporation with the power of eminent domain for the taking of private land for public use.

 6. ACCOUNTS, CONTRACTS, NOTES: Suits based on enforcing the terms of a certain and express agreement, usually for the purpose of recovering a specific sum of money.

 7. OCCUPATIONAL DRIVERS LICENSE:  An occupational driverís license (ODL) is a restricted license that lets you drive at certain times, on specific days, under certain conditions. (See Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 521 and 601.) You can find forms for filing at Texas Law Help/Documents/ODL.

 8. NONDISCLOSURES:  Under Section 411.081(d), Government Code, a court can prohibit criminal justice agencies from disclosing to the public criminal history record information related to certain offenses for which the offender was placed on deferred adjudication.  There are many offenses, however, for which this procedure is unavailable.  Moreover, a defendant may be disqualified if he commits an offense after the deferred adjudication has been completed and before filing the petition.  For more information about nondisclosures please visit Texas Law Help/Nondisclosure.

 9. EXPUNCTIONS:  Upon the petition of a criminal defendant, a court can direct certain law enforcement agencies to destroy all records associated with an arrest and subsequent prosecution. Many times the court will specifically direct law enforcement agencies to destroy jail records, police reports, prosecution reports and court files. In addition, a successful expungement petitioner, can legally deny ever having been arrested for or charged with the criminal offense for which he is receiving the expunction. Background checks by employers come back clean.

For more information about expunctions please visit Texas Law Help/Expunction.


 A person may petition the court for an order authorizing the taking of a deposition on oral examination or written questions either: 

a)     To perpetuate or obtain the personís own testimony or that of any other person for use in an anticipated suit; or

b)     To investigate a potential claim or suit.

 11. OTHER CIVIL CAUSES: All civil cases not clearly identifiable as belonging in one of the preceding categories.














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