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I was convicted of a 3rd dwi in 2008 and i am looking for

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i was convicted of a 3rd dwi in 2008 and i am looking for information about getting my civil rights restored. More specifically my right to bear arms.
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Texas
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: I was released from probation in December of 2014
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: not sure
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 11 months ago.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
I am afraid to get a restoration of your gun rights with a felony conviction, it will require you to file a petition for pardon with full restoration of rights with the governor's board of pardon and parole. Unfortunately, as you completed your sentence only 2 years ago, the chances of you receiving such a pardon and restoration would not be great and the pardon board typically wants 5-10 years since the end of your sentence before they will consider pardon and restoration of gun rights.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
That is what I have been seeing. Once the 5-10yrs has passed is there an actual chance a pardon will be given or is this a wasted effort? Everything that I am seeing is that their is a snowball's chance in hell that pardon's are given out.I do not want to waste time or money on something that is rarely if at all given out.
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 11 months ago.
Thank you for your reply.
We cannot predict the chances of a pardon, but we can say generally about 5% or so of the pardon applications filed are granted in Texas. So as I said, the only hope is a pardon and they are not freely granted.