Sealing DWI Convictions

Sealing your DWI Conviction

Starting in September 2017, a new Texas House Bill now allows certain DWI convictions to be sealed from the general public's view. Sometimes called the "Second Chance" law, While this is not a full Expunction, the new DWI sealing law is considered part of the exisiting NonDisclosure law, which had only applied in the past to cases dismissed through Deferred Adjucation Probation.

How does DWI Nondisclosure work?

As long as the DWI case and the applicant is eligible, the DWI sealing progresses just like a regular Nondisclosure Petition. For information please see: Motions for NonDisclosure.

Which DWI cases are Eligible?

Not all DWI convictions are eligible for sealing under the new DWI Nondisclosure law. To be eligible, a person (and their prior DWI case) must meet the following guidelines:

  • first-time DWI offenders only;
  • blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.14 or less;
  • no accident in the DWI case;
  • successful completion of sentence, whether it's probation, jail, or treatment;
  • all court costs and fees paid;
  • the waiting period has elapsed: 2 years if person was sentenced to IID for 6 months, or if not, then 5 years.

Should you Seal your DWI Conviction

Absolutely, yes. Years ago, employers didn't bat an eye at a DWI. Now, Austin is growing so fast that the good jobs and housing are very competitive. A DWI on your record may make the difference in a whether you get a new job, promotion, car loan, mortgage, and more.


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