How Long Does a DWI Stay on Your Record in Texas?
Texas is one of the many states in the USA and in the world who conform to the .08 blood alcohol concentration levels. This means that you need to have a blood alcohol concentration equal to or below that. When you go above that, a traffic enforcer may pull you over, and give you a series of tests, among which is a Breathalyzer which measures your BAC from your breath. If he sees that you are not fit to be driving, the enforcer will apprehend you and tow your vehicle.
You might actually have two convictions, one of which is DUI which means “Drinking under the influence (of x type of product.)” along with a DWI charge, as well. Another type of permanent sanction that affects you when you are convicted with DWI is a driver’s license suspension which can be pretty inconvenient when you need to drive to get around. So it will most definitely show up on your criminal record and definitely your driver’s license records.
Usually, a criminal conviction (even for DWI) will stay on the person’s record indefinitely until such a time where it’s expunged or erased. DWIs do not drop off anyone’s record that easy. Typically, only things such as non-conviction data can be expunged in the state of Texas. For instance, charges that were dismissed, defeated, or such.) One could be possibly seek this or a record erasure if seeks it from the governor of the state. Those are in most cases, very hard to get, but he may attempt to apply for a pardon. Only after, he has sought help from the governor may one seek petition for expunging a DWI record. It’s also good to take note, that for a DWI, you may not file for this option for up to 3 years, but a judge may overrule that for showing good cause.
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