Being convicted of DUI can have serious repercussions, including jail time and large fines. However, the consequences of a DUI conviction can go beyond the time spent behind bars. Being charged with a DUI can affect a person’s ability to secure a job, get approval for a loan, or lease an apartment. While it is not always possible to make your past “go away,” some people qualify for a DUI expungement.
What Is DUI Expungement?
Expungement is a legal procedure by which your criminal records are removed from public view. Getting a DUI expungement would mean civilian employers would not see your conviction on a background check. It would also entitle you to answer “No” if an employer asks if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime. The only employers who could see your criminal record still would be law enforcement agencies and government entities. Although the government will still know that you once were convicted for DUI, it will be sealed to the public if the court approves the expungement.
Qualifications Required for Expungement
To expunge your criminal record, the court will take into consideration how long ago you were convicted and if you have been arrested or convicted of other offenses since then. Judges want to see that you are not having continuous problems with the law before they allow your records to be expunged.
The judge will also consider the severity of the crime for which you were convicted. For example, if you were simply pulled over for a DUI while running a stop sign, the judge may be more likely to give you the chance to have your record expunged. However, if your DUI caused a horrible accident that injured or took the life of another person, the likelihood of having your record expunged decreases significantly.
The judge will also consider the severity of other criminal arrests and convictions on your record. Even if these offenses were prior to the DUI, the court may not give you the chance to start over entirely. For example, the court does not expunge sex crimes from any record.
If you want to remove your DUI conviction from the record, please contact Thomas & Paulk today to learn your options. We have successfully handled over 7,000 cases. Don’t wait until it is too late; start fighting your DUI conviction now: call (813) 321-7323!