Expunging a California DUI Conviction
Dealing with long-term consequences can be the most difficult part of a DUI conviction. Having a DUI on your record can have major ramifications for your future. You can have trouble getting a job or when background checks are required, even an apartment. You will definitely wind up paying more for auto insurance. Fortunately, it is possible to expunge most DUI convictions in California, and an attorney can help you understand both your options and the process.
What does an expungement accomplish?
An expungement results in a withdrawal of a plea of guilty or “nolo contendere” (no contest) and re-enters a “not guilty” plea. After that, the judge dismisses the case. That means your conviction will not show up on typical commercial background checks and, once a drunk or drugged driving conviction has been expunged, a prospective employer may no longer use it as a basis for negative employment consequences. In fact, current California law prohibits employers from asking about arrests or convictions on job applications or otherwise before a conditional offer of employment has been made. Additionally, most states will not require you to disclose the information to employers and landlords.
Keep in mind that expunged records may still appear on more thorough background checks and you would be obligated to disclose the conviction when applying for California state licenses or teaching credentials.
Am I eligible to have my California DUI conviction expunged?
In most cases, you are eligible to have your DUI conviction expunged after you have completed probation, and paid any fines and restitution. You must also not be currently facing any other charges or serving any other sentences.
How can an attorney help me?
An attorney can assist you with the expungement process to give you the highest chances of success. They can help you prepare your petition to the court, and attend court proceedings if necessary.
Contact us if you or a loved one need help expunging a DUI conviction. Located in Fresno California, Sawl Law Group offers caring service and proven results.