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Can a DWI Conviction Be Expunged in Texas?

Updated: Jul 18, 2023 @ 8:02 pm

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Grappling with the aftermath of a DWI arrest in Texas can be unsettling. However, if your case was dismissed, we may be able to get the record of the arrest off of your background.

Attorney Tad Nelson is an experienced Galveston DWI lawyer with over 30 years of practice. If you’re looking for an attorney to represent you during your efforts to seal criminal records related to a DWI case, we’re ready to help you.

Defining Expunction

Expunction, also known as expungement, is the legal process through which an arrest, charge, or conviction is completely removed from your record.

Think of it as legally wiping your slate clean. The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, specifically Article 55.01, guides us on this process.

For instance, if you were arrested for a DWI but were never actually charged, or if the charges against you were dismissed, you could be eligible for expunction. Additionally, if you were acquitted (found not guilty) at trial, you may also qualify for expunction.

Order of Non-Disclosure

An Alternative Path

DWI convictions are not eligible for expunction, but there’s another option.

An order of non-disclosure.

Essentially, this order limits who can access information about your DWI conviction.

In 2017, Texas law was changed to allow for orders of non-disclosure for some first-time DWI offenses under Govt. Code § 411.073.

The eligibility criteria are stringent, including successful completion of probation or jail time, having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) less than 0.15%, and not having caused an accident involving another person.

Keep in mind, even with an order of non-disclosure, law enforcement agencies can still access your record. However, for everyday purposes like job or housing applications, it may help you get a fresh start.

The Need for Legal Counsel

Make no mistake, trying to seal a DWI conviction, or obtain an order of non-disclosure, is a complex process. Our law firm has tons of experience with DWI-related criminal record sealing.

As attorneys experienced in handling DWI cases in Galveston, we, Tad Nelson & Amber Spurlock, understand the intricacies of Texas law as it relates to sealing your criminal records. Our first objective will be to review the details of your case, evaluate potential avenues for relief, and guide you towards the most favorable outcome.

Looking Forward

Getting Your Case Behind You

Securing an expunction or an order of non-disclosure isn’t the end; it’s just a stepping stone to reclaiming your life.

In the meantime, if you’re saddled with a DWI charge or conviction in Texas, rest assured that you’re not alone. We’re here, ready to help you out. You’re a person who deserves advocacy, respect, and a fair shake. Together, we’ll make sure you get just that.

Galveston DWI Lawyer Tad Nelson

To get started, contact Attorneys Tad Nelson & Amber Spurlock today at 409-765-5614. Let’s get started on your case.

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Can a DWI Conviction Be Expunged in Texas?
Can a DWI Conviction Be Expunged in Texas?
Can a DWI Conviction Be Expunged in Texas?
Can a DWI Conviction Be Expunged in Texas?
Can a DWI Conviction Be Expunged in Texas?
Can a DWI Conviction Be Expunged in Texas?