When you work hard to build up a reputation, a career, and a life for yourself, it can be really life-altering when a mistake threatens to shake the foundations of everything that you have created. Thankfully, there is the option of getting certain charges wiped off your record. This can allow you to continue to exercise freedoms such as applying for jobs, serving in the military, and voting. In America, everyone deserves a second chance.
Sealing a criminal record in Texas, also known as “non-disclosure,” means that the records of the arrest and any subsequent conviction are removed from public view. This includes the records kept by the court, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the FBI.
Non-disclosure is the process of making a criminal record inaccessible to the public. This means that the records will still exist, but they will be sealed and not available to the general public. Only individuals who have been convicted of certain misdemeanors and have successfully completed deferred adjudication are eligible for non-disclosure.
Expunction is the process of completely destroying the records of an arrest and any subsequent conviction. It means that the records are removed from all databases, and your life will go on as if the offense never occurred. This is only available to those individuals who were acquitted, had their charges dismissed, or if their case was not billed by the grand jury.
Having a criminal record sealed or expunged can help an individual move on from their past mistakes. It can also make it easier for them to find a job, housing, or pursue other opportunities. It also means that when a background check is done, the records will not show up, and the individual can legally deny the existence of the records.
Sealing a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) criminal record in Texas typically requires the following steps:
The laws and procedures for the sealing and expunction of criminal records can be complex and are subject to change.
The cost of filing for expungement in Texas can vary depending on the specific circumstances of your case and the court in which you are filing. In general, the cost can include:
The length of time it takes for a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) to come off your record in Texas depends on whether you are seeking to have your record sealed or expunged.
In Texas, certain criminal cases may be eligible for sealing or expunction. This means that the records of the arrest and any subsequent conviction are removed from public view and are not accessible to the general public. Cases that can be sealed or expunged in Texas include:
It is important to note that some offenses, such as sexual offenses, certain violent crimes, and some DWI offenses, are not eligible for expunction or non-disclosure.
It is technically possible to expunge a criminal record in Texas without the help of a lawyer. However, it is highly recommended that you hire a criminal defense DUI attorney to guide you through the process. An attorney can:
The Law Office of Joseph Ruiz, PLLC, can advise you on the specific laws and regulations that apply to your case. We can also help you navigate the legal process of expungement. Schedule a consultation with our office today to learn how you can put mistakes from the past behind you.