How to Seal a DWI from Your Criminal Record in Texas
A few years back, or maybe many, you were arrested and convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI). You’re not the same person now that you were then, and you’ve been kicking yourself for years because of how your drunk driving conviction has made your life difficult.
If you’d only known all the ways that DWI conviction would affect you, maybe you would have done things differently. The good news is there is a way to decrease the impact that drunk driving charge will have on your future.
You will need to learn how to seal a DWI from your criminal record in Texas. We are just the people to teach you because we help our clients seal DWI charges on their criminal records all the time.
Non-Disclosure Orders in Texas
When you think of your criminal record being “sealed,” you may think of someone putting your record in a container and wrapping packing tape around it. Great image. Not accurate. What you’re really looking for is a court order from a judge called a non-disclosure order.
This non-disclosure order is signed in court and sent to the government agencies responsible for the maintenance of criminal records. Those agencies will receive the order to “seal,” or not disclose, your records.
The record isn’t completely destroyed, but it’s hidden from the view of the public and most employers. The only agencies that will still be able to access your DWI charge will be government agencies.
The Process of Filing a Petition for an Order of Non-Disclosure
To get an order for non-disclosure of your DWI charge, you must file a petition in court called a Petition for Order of Nondisclosure. You will also provide documentation or any other evidence you have that shows the court you’ve been an upstanding citizen since the DWI.
The process is pretty simple; however, the judge doesn’t always grant these petitions. Your chances of successfully obtaining an order of non-disclosure can greatly increase with an attorney by your side. Your lawyer can argue your case during the hearing and show the court why you deserve for your drunk driving conviction to be sealed.
Schedule Your Consultation with a Fort Worth Criminal Defense Lawyer
Your record can affect your life in serious ways. Now that you have a better idea of how to seal a DWI from your criminal record in Texas, you’re equipped to improve your life.
To help make a non-disclosure order possible, call a DWI sealing attorney with the Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy. We can be reached by dialing 817-605-1010 or by filling out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.