Here's the abridged version; I'm young, 18. I've recently found the true value of education and the amazing world of learning. Problem is, I may be too late. I want to pursue a degree in physics and eventually have a stable job and life. During my pre-17 years I accumulated 3 drug charges (possession of marijuana, 2oz<, class C misdemeanors) I also have a class A misd. for evading arrest (I was 16, I panicked, I had weed so I ran). Now, those are not visible to the public except for the government system. At 17 (tried as an adult in the state of Texas) I had gotten a DWI and 2 more class C possession of marijuana, a possession of paraphernalia, and about 4 or 5 traffic tickets. I've recently turned 18 and I am still in process with the courts for the DWI and I am on probation to try and keep the possession of marijuana conviction off my record. I am also working with my county court prosecutor in efforts to also keep the paraphernalia case off of my record. The other possession of marijuana (it is in conjunction with the DWI) has a high chance of being dropped because my lawyer said they are more interested in the DWI. The DWI is a misunderstanding. I was not drunk, I was 17 and I had half a beer before driving. I missed a stop sign because it was dark, partly hidden behind tree branches, and at the wrong moment I looked back to say something to my friends. My blood alcohol level was well under the legal limit but any detectable amount of alcohol in the system of a minor (under 21) is subject to DWI charges. Do I stand a chance of getting into a good school (UT Austin) and getting a good job with these on my record? If any of you physicists, engineers, etc, have a non violent criminal record, no felonies, are out there please respond to this. Any help and advice you guys give me is greatly appreciated.