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The DUI expungement, and how it can help an offender

In our last post, we talked about the legitimate ways in which an accused DUI offender can prevail over the charges against him or her. Plenty of people have been cleared of the charges against them under these circumstances. But many more suffer the wrath of the criminal justice system and found guilty (or plead guilty) to DUI charges. So what can these people do? What options do they have after the charges against them stick?

People who have a DUI on their record could get an "expungement" to conceal the charge. An expungement is also called "sealing a conviction" or "setting aside a criminal conviction." What is important to note about an expungement is that it does not completely wipe away your criminal history. Instead, it obscures it in a way that lets you move on from the charge.

For example, an expungement will make it very difficult for a prospective employer, colleges or other schools, and creditors to see your criminal history. This protects a DUI offender from having their history impact their ability to try to change or improve their life.

However, the DUI still remains on your record, even after an expungement. Even sealed charges can be used as proof of a prior conviction, which can lead to enhanced consequences should you be charged with another crime.

Getting an expungement isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world, though -- and it all depends on the state laws. If you are considering going for a DUI expungement, talk with an experienced DUI attorney first.

Source: FindLaw, "DUI Expungement," Accessed July 27, 2015

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