Can a DUI be expunged?
Can a DUI get expunged?
Have you found yourself in the uncomfortable situation of applying for a job or trying to rent a property and the subject of your DUI conviction places you in the position to try and figure out if you should even move forward with the job or residency? Yeah, that is not something you would like to navigate again if at all possible. So, how do you go about getting your DUI to not influence so much in your life? First, you need to find out if your specific circumstances, along with your State of residency and the State that your DUI occured in (if different from where you currently live) even allows you to expunge your record. It is important to note, that just because the State you currently reside in allows for an expungment does not automatically guarantee you will be successful, as your particular circumstances determin that fact.
What does "expunged" mean?
What exactly is "expunging" my record mean? Basically, expunging your DUI means that you are getting your record wiped clean. In most cases that means it is as if you no longer have the offense on public record. The first step to expungment is to petition the courts in a State that allows the process and then a judge orders the completion of the request. When considering whether or not to agree to expunge your record, the judge is going to look at any subsequent criminal convictions, how clean your driving record has been since your DUI Conviction, and if you are currently experiencing problems. If the judge chooses in your favor, the result can be as though the conviction never happened. Based upon the State you live in and your particular circumstances, there will be a time restraint on requesting expungment. You will need to contact a DUI or DWI Attorney to find out if and when you are eligible to have your record expunged. Generally, the shortest period of time you would need to wait is one year.
Final Important Details
It is important to remain aware of both the criminal and administrative sides of your DUI. Be intentional to ask your attorney to asses if your State will allow your DUI Expungment from both your criminal record and your driving record. As a general rule, you will not be able to remove it from your driving record, however you will want to make sure to, at the very least, ask. Finding a local DUI Defense Attorney will be your best resource for information, the rules in your State about limitations and time restraints, as well as whether asking for a DUI Expungment is even an option for you.