A Potential Chance To Start Over
On September 1st, 2017, a new law took effect in Texas that allows certain people with a DWI conviction the opportunity to seal arrest records. House Bill 3016 allows this through an order of nondisclosure. This process gives Texans convicted of a DWI the legal authority to NOT disclose the arrest or conviction on any application for employment, information or licensing. A sealed record is not the same as an expunged record, but it does make a difference in a competitive job market.
Often, when two equally qualified candidates apply for a job, the individual with a DWI arrest will lose the opportunity to someone with a clean record. This new law could be a game changer for many people who have only made that one mistake.