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First-Time DWI Offenders Now Get "Second Chance" with New Texas Law

First-Time DWI Offenders Now Get "Second Chance" with New Texas Law

A new law in Texas – signed by Governor Greg Abbott – allows people a “second chance” if they had been convicted of a first-time DWI. The law provides a way for first-time DWI offenders to have their DWI sealed from public view, which would include potential employers.

The law applies to first-time offenders who:

  • Had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .14 or less
  • Were not involved in a crash
  • Did not cause injury

Those who are eligible are allowed to apply for non-disclosure, essentially having their DWI conviction sealed from the public eye. It would give people a better chance of obtaining employment despite making such a huge mistake in the past.

First, they would have to follow through with court orders. Then, their record could be sealed substantially sooner if they get an ignition interlock device installed.

However, the new law does not make an individual’s record clear of their DWI. It will only be visible to police and it’s still a felony if you are convicted of a third DWI.

Get Help from Our Experienced Friendswood Criminal Defense Attorney

At Gutheinz Law Firm, LLP, we understand how difficult it can be to take advantage of life’s opportunities – such as getting a job, purchasing a house, or obtaining a loan – with a permanent mark on your criminal record. If you are facing conviction for a DWI in Texas, our Friendswood criminal defense lawyer understands what it takes to either get your case dismissed entirely or your charges reduced.

Contact us and request a consultation today.