Even one incident of drunk driving can turn into one of the biggest, life-altering mistakes a young Texas driver can makes. In many cases, a minor may have taken the car out for a spin after a few drinks and in the process was arrested as a juvenile for driving while intoxicated. Texas laws, however, provide various scenarios and provisions under which a juvenile criminal record may be sealed so the one-time misguided deed does not further jeopardize the child's adult life.
Any Texas resident with a juvenile criminal record may petition the Texas criminal records services to seal a juvenile record. An application for sealing a criminal record must be filed in the county where the original criminal investigation and trial was conducted. If a juvenile criminal record is sealed, these charges will not be visible in the public database so no person or agency will be able to gather information about the person's criminal history as a minor.