Get Your DWI Sealed in Texas
Having a DWI on your record can be personally devastating in various regards. It can do serious damage to your employment possibilities, cause your auto insurance premiums to skyrocket, and create a number of other personal difficulties, especially when applying for any role or position that requires a background check.
Unfortunately, even if years have passed and you have turned a new leaf, so to speak, criminal convictions stay with you for a long time and can negatively affect your life for years to come.
If your DWI is holding up your life and negatively affecting your prospects, call Peveto Law at 972-339-8033 today.
New Texas Laws May Allow You to Seal Your Criminal Record
Until recently, there was no way to get rid of criminal charges of drinking while driving, but now the state of Texas is offering some potential relief to people with DWI convictions. In 2017, a bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers put forth new laws that would make sealing criminal records more accessible via an order of nondisclosure.
Orders of Non-Disclosure
Formerly, you could complete deferred adjudication probation and have your case dismissed, but the record of your criminal case was still subject to disclosure during background checks. An order of non-disclosure prevents any government agency from divulging any information about your criminal case (or even disclose that it ever existed).
How to Get an Order of Non-Disclosure and Seal Your Criminal Record
If you are interested in obtaining an order of non-disclosure for a DWI or any other crime, eligibility is the first question. Whether you think you are eligible or might not be, it is likely in your best interest to get a second opinion before making any decisions.
A person may petition to have a DWI sealed only if he/she:
- has never been convicted of or placed on deferred adjudication community supervision (probation) for another offense—this does not include a traffic offense (punishable by fine only);
- has successfully completed any imposed community supervision and any term of confinement;
- has paid all fines, costs, and restitution imposed; and
- the waiting period has elapsed:
- 2 years if the person successfully completed a period of at least six months of driving restricted to a motor vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device as a part of the sentence; or
- 5 years if there was no interlock requirement as part of the sentence.
The law requires individuals to wait until the second anniversary of the date of completion of their sentence, if the person:
- complied with all conditions of the sentence for a period not less than six months; and
- was restricted to operation of a motor vehicle equipped with an interlock device for at least 6 months.
When pursuing an order of non-disclosure in Collin County, it is important to hire an attorney who is familiar with the ins and outs of criminal law in your district. There is also much more to being granted an order of non-disclosure then merely making an appeal. The process tends to be complicated and is far too daunting and confusing for one person to handle alone.
Call Peveto Law Today for Help Sealing Your DWI in Plano
Attorney Andrew Peveto is prepared to provide exactly the sort of tough, knowledgeable legal help and representation you need. Our firm is committed to do everything possible to improve your odds of success in sealing your DWI or other criminal record, because we believe in helping people like you start fresh.
As a DWI lawyer in Plano, Attorney Peveto has successfully served many people who are in your shoes, and our law firm continues to help people who are facing DWI charges, dealing with the consequences of a conviction, and/or seeking to mitigate the long-term damage that those criminal charges can do. No matter what your DWI issue is, we are prepared to help.
Call (972) 808-5117 today to speak to a member of our legal team about your case. You can also send us an email to schedule your complimentary consultation with a Plano DWI attorney as soon as possible.