How Long Does A DWI Stay On Your Record In Texas?
A DWI stays on your record permanently in Texas unless you are able to get it expunged or sealed. With a DWI on your record, anyone who runs a criminal background check on you will be able to see it, including employers, landlords, homeowners’ associations, and potential business partners. A DWI defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help you explore options to get your DWI removed from your record.
What Happens After a DWI Conviction in Texas
As soon as a DWI conviction gets entered into a court record, it goes on your criminal record. At that point and anytime thereafter, a person who checks your criminal background will be able to see that you have been convicted of DWI. If a job requires passing a background check, you could be denied employment because of your DWI, especially if the position involves driving while on the job.
If you have been convicted of DWI in the past, an attorney from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help you check your own background to see what shows up. If your DWI conviction appears on your criminal record, we can help you explore options to have it removed. We will determine if you are eligible to have your DWI sealed or expunged.
Getting Your DWI Conviction Sealed in Texas
A new law signed in 2017 allows Texas residents to petition the court for nondisclosure of many criminal convictions. One eligible offense is DWI. “Nondisclosure” is just a fancy way of saying that the conviction gets sealed, effectively putting it out of view of anyone who might check your background, including employers and landlords. Following nondisclosure, only certain government workers would ever be able to find your DWI.
For your DWI to be eligible for nondisclosure under the new law, it must meet the following requirements:
- It was your first offense (DWIs with aggravating circumstances do not qualify);
- You did not have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 percent or higher;
- You have served your full sentence (e.g., jail, fines, license suspension);
- You have paid all court-imposed fees and costs;
- You have not been convicted of and are not in deferred adjudication for any crimes committed since your DWI (other than a traffic offense punishable by only a fine);
- You have completed the required two-year waiting period (which may be longer in certain cases).
Getting Your DWI Expunged in Texas
The difference between non-disclosure and expungement is that while non-disclosure shields your record from public view but does not get rid of it, expungement wipes your DWI out of existence. It is like it never happened. But in order for your DWI to be eligible for expungement, you must not have been convicted. If you successfully pleaded down to a lesser charge, such as reckless driving, you may be eligible to have your DWI expunged.
The laws surrounding non-disclosure and expungement in Texas are nuanced and ever-changing. A DWI defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can find the best option based on the details of your charge or conviction. For a free consultation, call us at 214-696-9253.
Why You Should Contact a Texas DWI Lawyer Today
A Texas DWI lawyer from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg can help you no matter what stage you are in with your DWI charge. If you have been arrested and are facing trial, we can help you potentially have the charge dropped, get acquitted at trial, or have your DWI charges reduced to a lesser crime such as reckless driving. After that, we can work on getting the record of your DWI arrest expunged or sealed.
If you have already been convicted of DWI, we can help you petition the court for non-disclosure so that the conviction becomes sealed and is not visible to anyone checking your background. To find out more about your options, call us today at 214-696-9253. The consultation is free.
For a Free DWI Case Evaluation With the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, Call 214-696-9253 Today
Attorney Randall Isenberg and his team fight for the rights of the accused. Even if you have already been convicted of DWI, we believe that a single mistake or lapse in good judgment should not hold you back or prevent you from accomplishing your goals. We can help you get your DWI sealed or expunged so that it does not show up on your background. For a free consultation with our team, call 214-696-9253.