After an arrest for driving while intoxicated, most drivers want to put this situation behind them. Expunging your charges is one way to move forward with your life. After successfully expunging your charges, this may open up more employment opportunities and develop some peace of mind.
Expunging your charges is not a speedy process; however, an experienced defense attorney can work with you to get started on the process and work toward restoring your life.
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Clearing your driving record may be overwhelming to an inexperienced driver; however, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy are ready to start working on your behalf. Seeking the advice of an experienced attorney can help you maneuver the expungement process more smoothly and restore your good name.
At the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy, our attorneys have years of experience expunging criminal records for clients in Plano, Texas, and in nearby cities like Allen, Carrollton, Dallas, Richardson, and Frisco. We are prepared to work to clear your charges and give you a second chance.
Contact the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (469) 304-3422 immediately to set up a no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys. We proudly represent clients in Collin County, Denton County, Rockwall County, Grayson County, and Fannin County.
How does the Expungement Process Work
Texas Statute §55.01 gives some offenders the right to clear their charges after a specific amount of time has passed since the arrest. Some eligible offenders include the following:
- Offenders charged with crimes that did not lead to a conviction or community supervision (not including Class C misdemeanors);
- Offenders convicted for a crime and later acquitted;
- Offenders arrested for a felony or misdemeanor and subsequently acquitted or pardoned; and
- Individuals who were arrested for a crime, but never charged.
For offenders charged with a DWI felony offense, the individual must wait for a minimum of five (5) years post-discharge and dismissal of charges to request a petition for non-disclosure.
DWI misdemeanor offenders may request a non-disclosure petition immediately after the charges are dismissed and discharged. After having your record expunged, you are not required to disclose these past offenses to employers or to obtain a license.
What Information is Needed to Expunge My Record
Pursuant to Texas Criminal Code §55.02, courts allow eligible offenders to request an expungement including the following information in the request form:
- Date of arrest;
- All charges against the offender;
- County where the arrest occurred;
- Case number and offense;
- Names of all law enforcement officers involved in the case;
- Agency name of the arresting agent;
- The date that the alleged offense was committed; and
- The offender’s identification information includes name, birth date, sex, social security number, and other identifying information.
DWI Expunction Additional Resources
District Clerk Information on Expunction – Visit the District Clerk website of the Collin County site for more information on filing for expunction or non-disclosure of charges. This website provides forms to request expungement. Also, use the court’s case lookup tool to find information on your case.
Expunction of Criminal Records– Visit the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure of the Texas State Legislature for more information on the right to expunction. This website provides waiting requirements for various offenses before an individual is eligible for expunction. Also, find information on how to file for expunction or non-disclosure.
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If you were previously arrested and charged with an alcohol-related offense in Collin County, you may now be eligible for expunction. This process can restore some of the freedoms you lost due to your charges. The process is available to both adults and juveniles.
If you live in Plano, Allen, Dallas, Richardson, Carrollton, or Frisco, contact the Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy at (469) 304-3422 immediately for a free consultation. We also accept clients in surrounding counties including Denton County, Grayson County, Fannin County, and Rockwall County.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, anything resulting in a finial conviction cannot be expunge.
no or with higher crimes you may have a cooling off period after being released from probation anywhere from 2-5 years for said release date.
Unless the dismissal is with prejudice, no petition for expungement will be accepted until the statue of limitations has run on your charge. The range of wait time can be anywhere from 2 years to 5 years from the date of arrest depending on the original charge. Unfortunately, certain criminal charges (murder) have no statute of limitation or extremely long periods (Sexual assault of a child).
A petition for expungement or non-disclosure is a claim that must be brought by you. Until you file for a request to expunge or non-disclose and it is granted by a judge the case will stay on your record.
No, it will stay on your record.