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Can a DUI Conviction Be Removed from My Permanent Record?

by FranksKoenig NeuweltAug 6, 2019

Can a DUI Conviction Be Removed from My Permanent Record?

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Being convicted of a DUI can not only be costly, it can have an impact on your life for years to come. This is likely to be at the forefront of your mind in the wake of a DUI conviction. Not only can a DUI impact your ability to retain employment, a DUI conviction can remain on your record indefinitely. Your thoughts will likely turn to whether or not you will have the ability to have this charge removed from your record at some point in the very near future. Fortunately, a number of states provide those who have been convicted of a DUI with the ability to have the DUI conviction removed from their record permanently. This can provide you with the opportunity at a fresh start in the wake of your DUI conviction. 

Types of Jobs that Run Background Checks

One of the unintended outcomes of a DUI conviction is that it will show up on a background check. When searching for employment, some positions may require a background check prior to obtaining employment. In some cases, no matter how qualified you are, or how well you interview for the position, a background check with a DUI conviction may stop a potential employer in their tracks. Types of jobs that may require a background check include:

  • Government Workers
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Educational Professionals
  • Financial Sectors

Should you be in the process of obtaining employment, a tarnish on your background check may certainly impact your ability to gain employment. This is a primary reason to consult with a DUI lawyer if you have been convicted of a DUI. They may be able to assist you in determining whether or not you may have your conviction removed from your record. 

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In some cases, someone who has been convicted of a DUI may have the ability to have this type of charge expunged from your criminal record. Expungement is the process of filing a petition with the court to have a DUI removed from your record. If you are considering whether or not you can have your DUI expunged, you should certainly obtain the assistance of a DUI attorney to help guide you through the legal intricacies involved with this process. However, for many, enduring the process of expunging this type of conviction, may be beneficial to ensuring that they are not required to face the lasting consequences that this charge may come with. Factors that a judge will consider when determining whether an expungement for a DUI should be granted include:

  • Your criminal record. If you have other convictions on your record, a judge may be less likely to grant an expungement.
  • The amount of time that has gone by since your conviction.
  • Completion of all consequences that were handed down by the court from your conviction. This may include:
    • The Completion of Probation
    • Paying Court Fines
    • Attending an Alcohol Awareness Class
    • Serving Jail Time Handed Down by the Court

If you have been convicted of a DUI, chances are you will be wondering whether or not you will eventually be able to have the conviction removed from your record. For guidance, you should look to an experienced DUI attorney in Washington, DC who is knowledgeable in this area of practice. They will be able to review your case and determine if/when you will be able to move forward with the expungement process. 


Thanks to Frederick J. Brynn, P.C. for their insight into criminal law and DUI charges on your permanent record.

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