The Texas legislature has passed a new law which will allow thousands of Texans to obtain an order of non-disclosure for certain convictions for driving while intoxicated (“DWI”). Many people find it difficult to move forward following criminal convictions, knowing that information related to that mistake is a matter of public record. Criminal convictions often show up on background searches for things like job applications, which has a negative impact beyond a person’s sentence. Texas has recently created a path toward an order which would keep certain cases from being disclosed. This is an exciting development for those with a single mistake which has created a criminal record.
The new law is currently in effect and is retroactive, meaning that it applies to cases which occurred prior to its enactment. If you have questions regarding this new law and your potential eligibility, you should contact an experienced criminal attorney.