How Do I Get a DUI Off My Record?
Long Beach DUI Attorney Assisting with Expungements
DUI conviction can be damaging to your record. It could stop you from getting
certain jobs, and it can also negatively affect you in other ways. In
certain situations, it is possible to get DUI records expunged, meaning
that your public records are changed to show that your case did not end
in a conviction. In order to be eligible for this process, there are certain
requirements that you need to meet. There are also numerous steps that
you will need to take when requesting an expungement from the court.
Leonard Matsuk, our
Long Beach criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Leonard Matsuk, can help you determine whether you
are eligible to apply for DUI expungement. He can also help you ensure
that you are taking all the appropriate steps in the expungement request
process. With Attorney Matsuk's help, you might be able to move forward
with your life without a DUI conviction hanging over your head.
How Expungements Work in California
When an expungement request is granted, the criminal case is reopened,
the convicted person's guilty plea or guilty verdict is removed, the
charges are dismissed and the case is again closed, as explained by the
Sacramento County Public Law Library. While the conviction will still show up on a person's record, the
record will be changed to show that the conviction was dismissed, therefore
making it so that the individual is no longer considered a convicted person.
Once people have their records expunged, they are legally allowed to answer
on job applications for private employers that they have not been convicted
of any crimes. Individuals cannot, however, answer this way when they
are applying for government jobs or licenses that are issued by government
entities. Furthermore, expunged convictions can still be considered "priors"
by the court in any future criminal proceedings. There are also other
restrictions that affect individuals with expunged records.
Getting Started on Your DUI Expungement
If you are interested in having your DUI conviction expunged, the first
thing you will need to do—aside from obtaining legal counsel—is
determine whether you actually qualify. Expungement is available only
to those who were convicted of misdemeanors in which they successfully
completed the terms of their sentences, which can include probation, fines
and/or time in county jail. Those who have been convicted of felonies
are sometimes able to obtain expungements after they have the charges
from their cases lowered to the misdemeanor level. A few other requirements
for expungement applicants include the following: it has been at least
one year since the applicant was convicted, no other convictions have
occurred within this time period, the applicant is not currently charged
with or serving a sentence for any other crime.
DUI offenses tend to be misdemeanors, though there are some that are counted
as felonies because of aggravating factors. At our criminal defense law
firm, we can help you explore your expungement options. Do not simply
assume that you do not qualify or that the process will be too difficult.
Contact us so we can provide you with step-by-step legal guidance!