One frequently asked question by many clients is how to go about obtaining a record expunction for their DWI conviction. Unfortunately Texas law does not allow for any DWI conviction to be expunged from a criminal record except in certain limited circumstances. Generally the only real answer is to beat the conviction before it’s handed down by a court of law. If you are able to successfully defend yourself against a DWI charge then you will be able to have the arrest record and filings of charges erased, but this requires you to win in court first.
Obtaining a Dismissal or a Not Guilty Verdict
Any time an arrest and formal charges do not result in a final conviction you are potentially eligible to have those records expunged. If have your records expunged is a matter of critical importance to you then hiring an experienced DWI attorney is of the utmost importance, because you simply cannot afford to lose in court.
DWI Arrest as a Minor in Dallas
If your first and only DWI conviction occurred as a minor, and if you subsequently complied fully with all court orders handed down on your case, then you may be able to obtain an expunction of those charges upon becoming an adult.
First time offenders may be given deferred adjudication probation which may allow for sealing of related court records at the end of the probationary term. Deferred action probation is sometimes given in lieu of a conviction in a court of law. A judge may impose this probationary period which requires the accused to complete a certain time frame without any further offenses which will complete the penalty imposed upon them by the courts. In such a situation, where no final conviction has been handed down you have the ability to file a petition of non-disclosure which will seal your record from public inquiry.
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The Law Office of John Lawrence Corn P.C
4054 McKinney Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204