A Guide to Record Sealing: How to Get a DUI Off Your Criminal Record

Did you know that there are 111 million self-reported alcohol-impaired driving incidents each year?

Driving while under the influence is a serious crime, and having a DUI conviction can mean increased insurance rates and reduced job opportunities. However, there are some steps you can take to clear your record.

We’ve got you covered if you want to clear your criminal record of a DUI conviction. This helpful guide explains how record sealing can put you back in the driving seat.

Read on to learn more.

The DUI Process

If the police suspect you of driving while intoxicated, you will be stopped and asked to take a roadside breathalyzer test.

Although you have the right to decline the tests, prosecutors can still charge you with a DUI based on the police investigations and eyewitness testimony. You will also face a fine for failing to provide a sample.

If you agree to a sobriety test and your blood alcohol exceeds the legal limit of 0.08%, you will be arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

You will then be served with a summons to appear in court, where you will be shown the evidence that the police and prosecutors have against you. Your driver’s license will be suspended as you await your court date.

What is DUI Expungement?

“Expunging” refers to the process of having a DUI wiped from your permanent criminal record. While this lets your clear your record criminally, your driving record may still disclose the DUI.

Many states have initiatives to help you clear your record after a DUI conviction. The procedures, as well as the implications of an expungement, differ by state. Obtaining an expungement allows you to truthfully claim that you do not have a criminal record when applying for jobs.

Generally, getting your DUI expunged involves submitting an application and attending a court hearing. The judge will determine whether to approve or refuse your expungement at the hearing.

Record Sealing

Both record sealing is a similar process to expungement. Both approaches keep DUI records out of the public eye and allow you to deny your DUI conviction.

Public interests will not be able to access any DUI evidence once your record has been sealed. The records will be kept private and will not be freely available on government websites.

Certain industries and government agencies will still be able to access your data. However, a standard background check will not reveal any information about your DUI.

A DUI attorney can help you form a case for record sealing and expungement.

How Record Sealing Can Help

Clearing your criminal record of a DUI conviction can feel like a weight off your shoulders. You’ll have the freedom to apply for jobs without having to disclose your criminal history.

Most people with a DUI conviction are good citizens who made a mistake. Record sealing can help you put that mistake right.

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