Clearing Your Record
Certain criminal convictions for misdemeanor offenses can be expunged from your record after a period of time. DWI is not one of them. Even a DWI from 10, 20 or even 30 years ago stays on your record. The ONLY way a DWI arrest may be expunged from your record is if:
- The DWI charges are dismissed; OR
- You are found not guilty at trial.
Under either of these conditions, it is possible to erase any trace that you were even pulled over and to conceal from public view any additional non DWI-related matter, so that a criminal record does not hinder your personal life.Dallas County • Collin County
The Law Offices of Biederman & Burleson, P.L.L.C., are dedicated DWI defense attorneys who focus primarily on defending citizens accused of drunk driving offenses. Our attorneys handle both the criminal charges and civil aspects, serving Dallas County and Collin County. Contact us today at (866) 439-2182 about record expunction or petitions for non-disclosure.Record Expunction
Expunction (also known as expungement), is a District Court order to destroy all records associated with a criminal prosecution. Essentially, it is a lawsuit against the government to provide relief for those falsely accused or found not guilty. If you were not convicted, it's not fair that the information should be later held against you.
If you are found not guilty after a DWI trial, or the prosecutor dismissed charges, an expunction order requires law enforcement agencies, state agencies, and courts to eliminate all records of your arrest, mug shot, fingerprints, blood or breath samples, and any record of the traffic stop. This will restore your good name and clear your criminal history of any mention of this arrest.
Expunction is often misunderstood. Some Texas counties allow - or previously allowed - deferred adjudication for DWI. Many people who completed probation believe they have no criminal record, when in fact those records are on file and accessible to state and federal law enforcement agencies in Texas and beyond. A "deferred" sentence for DWI may still be considered a prior conviction or enhancement of penalties for a new offense of drunk driving.Petition for Non-Disclosure: Sealing DWI-Related Records
A straight DWI conviction CAN NEVER be expunged. However, in those counties that allow deferral or pleading to "lesser included" offenses (e.g., reckless driving, public intoxication), the deferred adjudication or lesser offense can be sealed.
An order for non-disclosure enables law enforcement to retain records associated with a DWI arrest or conviction, but shields the records from public view. This enables the person to apply for loans, college, jobs, or auto insurance without mentioning the DWI case and its disposition.
The Law Offices of Biederman & Burleson, P.L.L.C., has helped hundreds of clients clear their criminal record. In a FREE consultation, our lawyers can determine whether or not your case qualifies for an expunction or nondisclosure and explain the process. Call us at (866) 439-2182 today for a free consultation.Act Now to Protect Your Freedom, Driving Privileges and Legal Rights
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with a DWI or DUI within Collin County, Texas and the surrounding cities of McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Richardson, Dallas, Denton, Wylie, Addison, Prosper, Celina and The Colony, Texas and you need the help of an experienced drunk driving defense lawyer, call The Law Offices of Biederman & Burleson, P.L.L.C. today at (866) 439-2182 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Plano, Texas DWI defense trial attorney.