No one wants a drunk driving charge on their record, which is why expungement is such good news. Expungement (or expunction) is a legal process that erases certain criminal arrests and convictions from people's criminal records. In the state of California, individuals are allowed to clear their records if they have been charged or convicted of a criminal offense, and driving under the influence is no exception. DUI expungement can be handled by a criminal defense or DUI lawyer, like those at The Law Offices of Virgina L. Landry.
There are different types of expungement for different types of criminal charges/convictions. For driving-specific charges, there is § 1203.4 of the California Penal Code. This code makes it possible for those who have completely fulfilled the conditions of their probation to get their records sealed. For a DUI conviction, this process essentially opens a case back up so that the defendant can plead "not guilty" and then the case will be dismissed.
Having a DUI on your record can be damaging for a number of reasons. One of the worst residual consequences of a DUI conviction is the fact that it could hurt future employment opportunities, especially if your job involves driving. It is important to note that a DUI expungement does not release you from your obligation to disclose this prior conviction to a state licensing agency, such as the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
You may also be able to get your probation terminated earlier than expected. After a DUI conviction, you could be placed on probation for up to five years. If you qualify and have the right representation on your side, you may be able to get your probation terminated after just 18 months. If you would like to learn more about expungement for your DUI conviction or early termination of your probation, contact us today.