Today, we are going to talk about a different type of appeal for people who have been accused of a driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An expungement is a legal process where a criminal conviction is expunged from someone’s record and effectively “sealed” from view by most people and organizations.
As you can probably tell, this is a very beneficial step for people with a DUI on their record. That DUI will make it extremely difficult for them to get a new job or to find a new place to live because applying for those things will necessitate a background check which will reveal the conviction. But with an expungement, the conviction is sealed and your potential employer are landlord won’t see your conviction.
An expungement is by no means a guarantee. People who have a DUI conviction on their record should consult with an attorney to make sure they are going about the process in the correct manner and to maximize their chances of achieving a DUI expungement. It is also important to note that expungements are usually reserved for first time offenses. Additionally, if you commit another criminal offense after one of your crimes is expunged, the expunged conviction will be “unsealed” to prove its existence.
The lesson here is that there are options for people who have been convicted of a drunk driving offense. An expungement can really help those who are trying to rebuild their life after a DUI conviction.
Source: FindLaw, “DUI Expungement,” Accessed May 12, 2016