Texas DWI Convictions Cannot Be Expunged or Sealed

One small mistake can leave your criminal record tarnished for the foreseeable future in Texas.  Driving under the influence of alcohol, no matter how much you may have been drinking, can be devastating.  Perhaps you are otherwise a solid citizen and have great potential to attend college and pursue the career of your choice.  A DWI conviction can make your goals of college and employment much more difficult to achieve.  A DWI is a blemish on your criminal record that cannot be expunged or sealed under Texas law.

Having a criminal conviction expunged is effectively making the conviction disappear – as if the conviction never occurred in the first place.  Having your conviction sealed is making your criminal record unavailable to others.  Thus, if employers, educational institutions, or prospective landlords run a criminal background check, your conviction would not appear on the background check.

Both expunction and the sealing of criminal records are available for many crimes in Texas, but not available for DWI convictions.  You may not be sentenced to jail time for a DWI conviction, however, the mere conviction can feel just as restrictive as jail when you cannot get a job, get accepted to a college or university, or obtain housing.  Because the consequences of a DWI conviction can haunt you for years to come, it is essential that you consult with a Dallas DWI Defense Attorney right away to ensure you are doing everything you can to avoid a DWI conviction.

What Are My Options to Avoid a DWI Conviction?

The first thing your attorney will do is thoroughly evaluate each and every fact relating to your DWI charge.  Police officers make mistakes sometimes that compromise an individual’s constitutional rights, and the violation of such rights may lead to a dismissal of your charge.  If the DWI charge is dismissed, you will not have anything on your record.  Further, you may have other defenses available to justify dismissal of your DWI charge.  A seasoned Dallas DWI Defense Attorney will immediately know what steps to take after reviewing the facts of your arrest.

If your charge cannot be dismissed, you may have the option of having your DWI charge lowered to an offense that may not stay on your record indefinitely, or the conviction may be expunged or sealed after a certain period of time.  In order to reach such favorable results to your DWI charge, you need a Dallas DWI Defense Attorney who has the experience and skill required to reach an agreement with the prosecutor to find a fair resolution that will enable you to move on without significant damage to your record.   

An attorney who has a good working relationship with prosecutors will be able to provide you with the best legal representation possible.  It is important to understand, however, that having an existing criminal record may make it more difficult to have a pending DWI charge lowered, but having a qualified and experienced attorney by your side will increase your chances of resolving your criminal matter in a way that has the least harmful effect on your criminal record.

Contact Dallas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit Today

Texas law enforcement officials take DWI charges very seriously, and a conviction on your record remains for good.  The sooner you consult with a Dallas DWI Defense Attorney, the sooner you can fight your DWI charge and seek to have the charge lowered or dismissed.  Dallas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit is a former prosecutor with more than three decades of experience prosecuting and defending criminal cases.  Jack Pettit will work diligently to help you overcome your DWI charge, thoroughly investigating the facts of your case.  To speak with Jack Pettit, contact our office today by calling (214) 521-4567 to schedule an initial consultation.  Our office conveniently provides bilingual legal services in both English and Spanish, and we also accept major credit cards.


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