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Most of us are worried about what can get added to our criminal record. And we're right to think that -- background checks for jobs, applications for schools, and even rental or lease applications can bring our criminal history to light and we don't want past transgressions, like a DUI for instance, messing up our future.
Perhaps this is why most jurisdictions allow people to expunge their criminal records. While an expungement doesn't completely erase your record from law enforcement, it can hide it from potential employers, schools, and landlords. But the rules on expunging your record can vary from state to state, and even county to county; and they may not cover your DUI. Here's some advice from our archives:
Some crimes have a better shot at being expunged, and some people do as well. Factors in your DUI expungement could include your previous criminal history, the severity of your DUI charge, and whether you complete any court-ordered probation, restitution, community service, or other requirements.
Not all crimes can be expunged. Some jurisdictions don't allow you to expunge any felony conviction, so if you had a DUI with property damage or injuries, or had an extreme DUI that was charged as a felony, it may not be eligible for expungement.
Let's say you got your DUI while on vacation; or you've moved since your conviction. The state where you got your DUI may have different expungement rules that the state in which you reside. While some states allow DUI expungement, others specifically prohibit it.
One of our biggest worries about getting a DUI is losing our jobs, or being barred from getting one. Make sure you read any job application carefully before answering questions about your criminal record. And know whether you need to divulge a DUI to your current employer.
The whole point of getting your DUI expunged is so people can't find out about it. So are there certain circumstances under which you need to disclose the expungement itself?
DUIs aren't fun. And if you try and handle them on your own, they can get even worse. Get in touch with an experienced DUI attorney today.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.
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