If an officer suspects that you were driving under the influence of drugs
and/or alcohol, you might be arrested and charged with a
DWI. A conviction for this offense could have serious consequences, such as
jail time and/or fines. The judgment will also show up on your criminal
record, potentially affecting you for the rest of your life. For instance,
a landlord or future employer could run a background check on you, and
seeing a DWI on your record could affect their decision.
Because of the possible repercussions of a conviction, you might be wondering
how long that information stays on your record. Unless you petition for
non-disclosure or expungement, the judgment will remain forever.
What Is a Non-Disclosure?
In 2017, a law past in Texas that allows for non-disclosure of DWI offenses.
When you petition the court for this type of order, you are asking that
your criminal record not be provided to certain agencies. If your request
is granted, not only will potential employers or other institutions not
be able to access the information, but you could legally state that you
have never been convicted of driving while intoxicated. You must meet
specific eligibility requirements to get a non-disclosure.
What Is an Expungement?
An expungement completely wipes your criminal record clean. However, for
DWIs, this option is only available if you were never convicted of the
offense, meaning your case was dismissed or charges were dropped.
What Is Deferred Adjudication?
If you have been charged with a DWI, but your case has not yet gone to
trial, you might be eligible for deferred adjudication. As of September
1, 2019, if you are charged with your first DWI, you could plead guilty
to the offense and be placed on probation. During that time, you must
follow specific court orders, such as having an ignition interlock device
installed on your vehicle.
If you successfully complete the terms, your conviction is removed. The
arrest information will still appear, which means you must petition the court to
clear your record.
Schedule a Free Consultation wtih Jerry Loftin & Associates
Our lawyers have extensive experience helping individuals in Fort Worth
with various criminal matters, and we know how to navigate the complex
waters of the criminal justice system. If you’re facing charges
for a DWI, contact our team as soon as possible. We will fight hard to
protect your rights and minimize the effects of a conviction on your life.
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