Expunging a DWI Can Help Your Future
After you are convicted of a DWI, it is essential to eventually seek an expungement. A DWI will go on your criminal record, which potential employers can access whenever you are interviewed for a new job. Many companies won’t hire individuals that have been arrested for a crime of this nature. An expunged DWI offense can typically still be used as proof of prior conviction, but they are not visible to prospective employers, educational institutions, and credit insurers, or other entities that conduct background checks.
This means that unless you are arrested again for another DUI, it will be as if you were never arrested in the first place. You will want to pursue an expungement with the help of an accomplished Houston DWI lawyer. In order to receive this privilege, you will need to adhere to Chapter
55 of the Texas Criminal Code.
When Can a DWI Be Expunged?
According to the Texas Young Lawyers Association, individuals can have
their records expunged if they were:
- Arrested for a crime that was never charged; or
- If the criminal charge was ultimately dismissed.
Other Exceptions for Expungement
If a person was convicted
for a crime that was later acquitted by the trial court or the Criminal Court
of Appeals, or if it was a conviction for a failure to attend school,
that record can also be expunged. In addition, if the individual was convicted of a crime that was later pardoned by the Governor of Texas or the US President, then that record can be expunged. Some juvenile offenses are eligible for expungement, as well as some alcohol offenses involving minors.
If you want more information about expungement in your case, then
contact a Houston DWI attorney at the firm today to learn more!