Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Though the decision may seem innocuous at the time, it can often bring severe consequences. In addition to putting yourself and others in danger, the law does not view DUI convictions lightly. They can come with hefty fines, loss of license, jail time, and a lifelong blemish on your criminal record.
Many people that have a DUI conviction on their record have long since rehabilitated themselves and no longer make such ill-advised decisions. Unfortunately, once it is on your record, it will stay there unless it is expunged. At Expunge America, we have helped countless people to clear their records of DUI convictions. Fill out our online form or give us a call at (844) 9-XPUNGE to get connected with an experienced California DUI attorney today.
Like most states, California takes DUI convictions seriously. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you can expect to experience the following legal consequences:
In addition to the legal ramifications of a DUI conviction, there are ancillary consequences as well. Convictions are permanent on your criminal record (unless expunged). They can limit your work opportunities, housing options, etc. Not only can they have an initial negative impact, but the consequences of a DUI can potentially follow you for the rest of your life.
In today’s world, just about every organization uses background checks to ensure the people that they consider doing long-term business with have a high moral character. Background checks are used to judge a person’s character by employers, licensing agencies, property management companies, and loan officers. Having a DUI conviction on your record can affect the most important areas of your life, such as career and housing.
An expungement will not “hide” the fact that you were arrested for a DUI. However, instead of a conviction on your criminal record, it will show that the case was dismissed. Thus, it does effectively hide your record from the general public and most inquiring parties (but not all). The courts, the DMV, and law enforcement agencies like the FBI and local departments may still be able to see your record. It should be noted that a DUI expungement does not affect your driving record.
It is recommended to work with an experienced California DUI expungement attorney who can complete and file the necessary paperwork for you. In general, you will need to complete the following steps to have a DUI record expunged:
A DUI expungement remains on court databases, and the DMV and law enforcement agencies can still see them. Furthermore, if you are charged with another DUI within ten years of the expunged conviction, the DMV can use this information to increase the time that your license will be suspended. The court will also view it as a “strike” and take it into consideration when sentencing occurs.
Moreover, you will still be obligated to disclose DUI convictions when applying for professional licenses and/or for employment opportunities with government agencies. In most cases, an expunged DUI conviction will not limit your eligibility to apply for most licenses.
Everyone with a DUI conviction is not eligible to have it expunged, and certain criteria must be satisfied before you can be eligible. If you have served any time in state prison as a result of your DUI conviction, you are not eligible for an expungement.
However, there are other options, such as a Certification of Rehabilitation or Pardon that can help to alleviate some of the negative consequences that come along with a DUI conviction. You must do the following to be eligible for a DUI expungement:
Getting a DUI expunged can be confusing and time-consuming. Submitting your paperwork without the help of an experienced DUI expungement attorney can cause delays and in some instances, denials. Our expungement attorneys at Expunge America are prepared to help you to get your DUI conviction expunged in as little as six weeks (it typically takes two months).
We are confident in our team and offer a money-back guarantee to all of our customers. Do not allow mistakes that you made in the past affect your future any longer. Fill out our easy online form or give us a call at (844) 9-XPUNGE to connect with a top-notch California DUI expungement attorney today.