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A drunk driving conviction will show up on your criminal record. This conviction can affect your employment, your ability to receive professional licensures, college applications, and other areas of your life. Many people wonder if there’s any way to clear the conviction from your record. In some states with specific cases, you may be able to expunge the conviction from your record.
An expungement, as defined by the American Bar Association, is the process to destroy or seal a criminal conviction from your state or federal record. An expungement order will direct courts to treat the criminal conviction as if it has never occurred. More simply, an expungement removes the conviction from a defendant’s criminal and public records. If you have a drinking and driving offense on your record and have met all the sentencing requirements in your state, it may be possible to have your DUI conviction expunged.
An expunged record will help relieve some of the burdens of living with a DUI. The drinking and driving charge will not show up on most criminal background checks, thus allowing you to truthfully report to potential employers that you do not have a criminal conviction. An expunged record may also allow you to take advantage of federally funded public assistance programs such as food stamps or federally assisted housing should you qualify for them.
In contrast to a look-back period, an expungement does not take place automatically after time has passed; you will need to qualify for an expungement and also apply for one. Not every state allows for the expungement of DUIs. For instance, in Illinois, the only way to have a DUI conviction removed from your record is to get a pardon from the governor. Most states will have a petition that you will need to fill out and submit before the court may consider your expungement request. Some of the necessary documentation can include:
Before you submit your petition to the court, the district attorney responsible for your DUI prosecution will need to review it. If the district attorney does not have any objections to your request, they will return the signed petition to you. This approval process can take up to 60 days. You may also need to pay filing fees to submit your forms. The fee amount will vary by state. If the district attorney objects to your request, you will not be able to expunge your DUI arrest.
Not all DUIs can be expunged, and there are limitations on the impact an expungement will have:
If you are interested in starting the expungement process for your DUI, it is important to have all your documentation ready and prepare for any questions that may be asked of you by the courts. DUI.org has DUICare experts available to answer your inquiries, along with a wealth of free resources accessible anytime. If you need a referral to a qualified DUI attorney in your area, please call DUI.org at (833) 989-1443.
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