Is it possible in the state of Texas for a convicted felon to change there name?
J and I were having this conversation about a friend of ours and he mentioned that the guy wanted to change his name. I told him that I didn't think legally a convicted felon could do that. So, I'm trying to settle the arguement.
Anyone who might have the answer to this question it would be greatly appreciated.
SUBTITLE C. CHANGE OF NAME
CHAPTER 45. CHANGE OF NAME
Sec. 45.103. ORDER.
(a) The court shall order a change of name under this subchapter for a person other than a person with a final felony conviction or a person subject to the registration requirements of Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure, if the change is in the interest or to the benefit of the petitioner and in the interest of the public.
(b) A court may order a change of name under this subchapter for a person with a final felony conviction if, in addition to the requirements of Subsection (a), the person has:
(1) received a certificate of discharge by the pardons and paroles division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or completed a period of probation ordered by a court and not less than two years have passed from the date of the receipt of discharge or completion of probation; or
(2) been pardoned.
(c) A court may order a change of name under this subchapter for a person subject to the registration requirements of Chapter 62, Code of Criminal Procedure (registration as a sex offender, added by RobinsMan), if, in addition to the requirements of Subsection (a), the person provides the court with proof that the person has notified the appropriate local law enforcement authority of the proposed name change. In this subsection, "local law enforcement authority" has the meaning assigned by Article 62.01, Code of Criminal Procedure.