At the Gutheinz Law Firm, LLP, we provide informative legal services to clients who have been arrested and charged with a variety of crimes. If you were convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI), a new law in Texas may allow you to seal your record to all but a handful of parties. Our Pearland criminal defense lawyers can discuss your situation and determine if you meet the eligibility requirements of the new legislation. From start to finish, we can guide you through the process. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation.
The new Texas law went into effect on September 1, 2017. It allows those convicted of DWI to seal their records under certain circumstances. This is known as non-disclosure of criminal records, and makes it so that your record is hidden from most employers, individuals, companies, and other parties who may have reason to check your criminal history.
Under the new law, you may be able to seal your DWI record if you:
Furthermore, the conviction must have been for a misdemeanor DWI offense or other non-violent misdemeanor offense, and, in the case of a DWI, it must have been your first DWI. To seal your record, you must wait at least 2 years after completing your original sentence, and you will also have to use an ignition interlock device for a period of 6 months as part of your sentence. If you were not ordered to install an Ignition interlock device for at least 6 months, you may still obtain a non-disclosure, but you must wait 5 years after the completion of the sentence. However, the benefits of having a clean criminal record are worth the extra hassle. The record sealing is granted on a case by case basis, so it depends on the judge’s discretion whether or not you may be able to perform this action.
The Gutheinz Law firm, LLP provides tenacious and thorough legal services to clients in Texas and in some cases around the world. If you want to seal your DWI record, we can represent you in court. Our Pearland criminal defense lawyers have more than 3 decades of combined legal experience. We can use our knowledge to tailor effective legal strategies for your case as you seek a beneficial solution.Call us today at 281-992-0200 to discuss your case with our legal advocate.
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