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Can a driving under the influence charge be expunged?

| Aug 4, 2016 | Drunk Driving

As a young adult, you may have made some poor decisions. Should those decisions affect you for your entire life? In many cases, they shouldn’t. For instance, if you have a conviction or have been arrested for driving under the influence, you may be wondering if you can have the charge expunged. While expungement laws vary by state, attempting to have your DUI sealed is a good idea. Taking it out of the public eye can help you open up opportunities for work and housing that you may otherwise be turned down for.

When are you likely to have an expungement approved?

Typically, you can only expunge a first offense. That means if you’ve been in trouble with the law in the past, it might not be possible to seal a record for a second time. However, everyone’s cases vary, and your situation might be an exception. It’s ultimately up to the court to decide if the expungement should be granted.

For juveniles, expungement is usually more common. Many times, records related to juvenile crimes are sealed upon the minor turning 18. If a juvenile is charged as an adult, the expungement process may be the only way to seal that particular record.

Our website has more information on getting a charge, arrest record, or conviction expunged from your record, so you can focus on your future without the past holding you back. With the right support, you can make your case to the court and establish reasons why you should no longer have this information on your public record.