A Tarrant County DWI is a mistake that can change your life. Now, thanks to a new Texas law, some mistakes don’t have to follow you forever. If you have committed a first time DWI offense in the last few years in which:
● Your blood alcohol level was below 0.15
● Your offense did not include an accident involving others
● You may be eligible for an order of non-disclosure in Tarrant county, keeping your mistake relatively private.
People who qualify for a DWI order of non-disclosure:
● Have never been convicted of or placed on probation for another offense (not including traffic tickets)
● Have satisfactorily completed any terms regarding their arrest
● Have paid all fines, costs, and restitution debts
● Have passed the waiting period: 2 years if the person has completed a period of at least six months of driving with a ignition interlock device or 5 years if there was no interlock device.
You must meet all of these requirements to qualify for consideration and have never been convicted or placed on probation for a serious or violent offense.
Juvenile DWI Records Sealed
If you are a juvenile, your records may also be sealed. Many people believe this happens automatically. It does not. Juvenile records are highly confidential, but without the help of a Tarrant County Juvenile Attorney, juvenile records are not automatically sealed and will still be visible in background checks and various other avenues, causing considerable headaches in the future.
What is the First Step?
If you are worried about your DWI on your permanent record, a Tarrant County DWI Lawyer can help you have your records sealed so that this mistake does not have to be known by the general public. It is vital to call an Arlington DWI attorney like myself today so that you can take action and take advantage of this new bill.