If you were convicted of an
underage DUI in California under
VC 23136(a), you may be wondering if it’s possible to get the underage DUI expunged,
and this is a valid question!
Let’s say that you were charged with VC 23136(a) more than a year
ago. Since you were charged with an underage DUI last year, you paid all
of your fines and now, you’re hoping that you can get the DUI expunged
from your record.
Under California law, an “expungement” is the process where
your criminal case is reopened and you ask the court for a dismissal.
It’s important that you understand that expunging the underage DUI
will not remove the court proceedings or the incident from your criminal record.
What does an expungement do?
What an expungement does do, however, is change the perceived outcome of
your criminal case. Sealing on the other hand, would mean that your case
outcome is not changed, but the record of your case would be hidden from
People often use the terms “expungement” and “sealing”
interchangeably, but they do not mean the same thing. Can you petition
for an expungement for a VC 23136(a) violation? Yes, as long as the following
criteria has been met:
- You have satisfied all of the fines and fees
- You have completed your probation and sentence
- One year has passed since the date of the violation
- You have not committed any new crimes
If the above requirements are met, the court should grant your request.
If you are interested in learning more about an expungement, you should
contact our Orange County DUI defense firm to ensure that you are in fact
eligible and that your petition is handled correctly.
If you have been convicted of an underage DUI, see what you can do to improve
Call the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for a free consultation.