Many people who are convicted of a DUI may think that the charge will be a figurative scar on their record, forever following them wherever they go. Trying to get a new job? Sorry, you have to check that little box. Trying to find a new place to live? Well, your criminal past will show up when the landlord runs a background check on you. Want to vote in an upcoming election? Too bad, you’re probably barred from registering.
This is the way it is for many people. The DUI hovers around every aspect of their life, reminding them of a mistake they once made, and yet never letting them move past it. They are unable to learn from that mistake and improve as a result.
Or at least, that is the way it can be if the person convicted of the DUI let’s the charge defeat him or her.
So don’t let it do that to you! You have options, and there are ways to fight back against the DUI charge that is sitting on your record. The most notable of these options is the expungement. Expunging a criminal charge can be done with many criminal charges, but it can be especially helpful for those accused of a drunk driving offense.
What an expungement does is “seal” the conviction. In practice, this means that your criminal record will no longer be visible to most, if not all, people, organizations or parties that you will deal with in your life. However, it does not completely eliminate the conviction from your record. Courts will unseal your conviction if commit another crime so that they can verify a prior criminal offense.