The new DWI nondisclosure law has been dubbed the “Second Chance Law.” Once a record has been nondisclosed, it is hidden from private employers, banks, apartments etc. The only people that can see a record that has been nondisclosed are state licensing agencies and law enforcement agencies.

The DWI nondisclosure law applies retroactively. That means if other conditions are met, including the waiting periods, individuals who have a first-time DWI on their record may be eligible for a nondisclosure.

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DWI Nondisclosed but not Forgotten

The new law only allows for nondisclosure of a first-time DWI. It does not allow for an expunction. A nondisclosure seals a person’s criminal conviction from public view, but it does not remove the conviction from their record like an expunction would. Therefore, although nondisclosure would restrict who can see a criminal conviction, the conviction would still be accessible to law enforcement and could still be considered a prior offense if any future charges were brought. That means regardless of whether a DWI is nondisclosed or not, a subsequent DWI will be enhanced based on the prior.

Cases Eligible for Nondisclosure

Not all DWI convictions are eligible for nondisclosure, and certain conditions must be met before an order of non-disclosure can be granted. To be eligible:

  • It must be a first-time misdemeanor DWI offense.
  • The conviction cannot have been for DWI BAC >/= .15
  • The applicant must have successfully completed probation for the offense and have paid all fines, costs, and restitution OR received a jail sentence and paid all fines, costs, and restitution imposed.
  • There must not have been an accident involving another person – including passengers in the applicant’s own vehicle.
  • The offense must not have been boating while intoxicated or flying while intoxicated.
  • The applicant must not have any prior convictions other than this DWI.
  • The application cannot have been placed on deferred adjudication probation for certain violent crimes or any crime requiring sex offense registration. Prior traffic offenses punishable by fine-only are not considered.
  • The nondisclosure will only be granted if the judge determines that granting the nondisclosure will be in the best interest of justice.

Waiting Periods After a Probated Sentence

For eligible DWI convictions, a person can petition the court for an order of nondisclosure only after an established waiting period is met.

  • This period is two years if an individual complies with their probated sentence and has an interlock device on their vehicle for at least six months as a condition of probation.
  • If a person does not use an ignition interlock device as a condition of probation, the period is five years.

Waiting Periods After a Jail Sentence

For eligible DWI convictions, a person can petition the court for an order of nondisclosure only after an established waiting period is met.

  • This period is three years if the individual had an interlock for six months as part of their sentence. Presumably, this means the judge order the suspension of their license, and the person had to have interlock as a condition of getting an occupational license. Because the statute refers a sentence, having interlock on as a condition of bond will not suffice.
  • If a person did not use an ignition interlock device as a condition of probation, the period is five years.

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