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If your Williamson County DWI is damaging your life, contact a DWI record sealing lawyer for help.
Your criminal record has the potential to seriously damage your life. It can keep you from securing a good job, make it difficult to find decent housing, and even disqualify you from certain educational opportunities and government programs. If you had the opportunity to clean up your record, would you do it?
In Texas, there are two primary ways to improve your criminal record: expunge your record or get a nondisclosure order. But you must meet certain criteria to file a successful petition. Call a Williamson County DWI record sealing lawyer with Hines & Holub to see if you qualify.
We'll do everything we can to get your life going in the right direction again.
Understanding DWI Expunctions and Nondisclosure Orders
If you qualify, expunging your record (expunction) may be your best option. When your record is expunged, the charge is removed from your criminal record entirely. This is great because no one can see it-not even law enforcement officials or government agencies.
After a DWI expunction in Williamson County, you are even permitted to deny that the charge ever happened. Even when questioned regarding the charge under oath, you need only to say your record was expunged.
If you don't qualify for expunction, nondisclosure orders are another option. A nondisclosure order (sealing of your record) is an order signed by a judge for your record not to be disclosed (shared) with the general public. This means most people, including employers, will not be able to see the Williamson County DWI charge.
Government and law enforcement agencies will still be able to view the charge, however.
How Do I Know if I'm Eligible?
The best way to verify your eligibility is to speak with a Williamson County DWI record attorney. Your lawyer can determine whether you're eligible and help you file the paperwork. With an attorney by your side, you may be more likely to have your petition granted.
However, there are some criteria you may have to meet in order to file for an expunction or nondisclosure order:
- You were arrested for a DWI but never charged with the crime.
- You completed a pretrial diversion program.
- You were arrested, but your Williamson County DWI case was dismissed.
- You were found not guilty (acquitted) of the DWI charge.
- Someone stole your identity and was arrested on a DWI charge while using your name.
- You were convicted of a DWI but later pardoned by the Texas governor or United States president.
- You were convicted but completed deferred adjudication.
- All applicable time frames have been exhausted.
- You paid all fines and costs related to your DWI.
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