If you were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County
and you were convicted, it may have dawned on you that the effects of a
DUI can not only be far-reaching, but they can be a real headache. A DUI can
make several aspects of your life more difficult and here’s some
examples of how:
- You gain a criminal record.
- The DUI remains on your criminal record indefinitely.
The DUI is reported on your driving record for
- You have to come up with money for all DUI-related costs.
- It can damage your credit if you don’t have the reserves to pay all
of the DUI-related costs.
It can affect a
child custody case.
- It can mean that you will be denied a professional license.
- It can affect college applications.
- It can affect college scholarships.
auto insurance premiums to skyrocket.
- It can mean that you get passed over for job offers.
- It will show up on background checks.
A DUI can mean you’re denied
You can be barred from travelling to
Canada for many years.
Depending on your industry; for example, if you’re a doctor, a taxi
cab driver, or a teacher, a DUI can have a negative effect on your career.
For this reason, some DUI defendants want to know if they can get a pardon
for their DUI. Is getting a pardon even an option?
What You’re Looking for is an ‘Expungement’
Pardons are for state prison parole cases, and they’re rarely granted.
What someone would be looking for in this scenario is an
expungement. In order to expunge your DUI: 1) all of your fines must be paid, 2) you
must be off probation, 3) there can’t be any pending cases, and
4) there cannot be any probation violations.
Providing the above requirements are met, you would want your attorney
to file a PC1203.4
Petition for Dismissal. Essentially, you want to file a motion for early termination of probation
while simultaneously filing a 1203.4 petition to get the case dismissed.
Benefits of an Expungement
While there will still be a record of the
DUI arrest, you will no longer have a
DUI conviction if your petition is granted. However, if you are arrested for DUI within
10 years of the earlier arrest, the earlier DUI would still be counted
as a “priorable” offense for the purpose of sentence enhancements,
even if it was successfully expunged from your record.
If you’re interested in petitioning for an expungement of your DUI,
or fighting your DUI charges, contact an
Orange County DUI attorney from our firm!