Richmond, TX asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Employment Law for Texas

Q: I was arrested & charged w/DWI 6 yrs ago but it was dropped & i wasn't convicted. Y is this still effecting job apps?

Have been turned down for several job opportunities because of this charge, although I was never convicted and it was eventually dropped. There was never ANY proof that I had consumed alcohol- I did not blow and they lost the video of my field sobriety test--how is this unsupported charge STILL hurting my employment chances six years later and when will it no longer effect me?

2 Lawyer Answers
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: The fact that you were even arrested is a matter of public record. The only way to get rid of the record is to hire an attorney to prepare and file a petition for expunction. You should be eligible if it was a misdemeanor and dismissed more than 2 years ago. You only get one shot at a proper expunction so be sure to hire someone who really knows what they are doing. The petition must be filed in District Court in the county where you were arrested so it would be best to hire someone from that jurisdiction.

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Paul Saputo Jr.
Paul Saputo Jr.
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: I agree with Ms. Pace. Make sure you do it right. If your lawyer doesn't ask you specifically, you should make sure to let him or her know any different jails you were in and who else might have a copy of the records relating to your arrest.

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