Removing A Drunk Driving Conviction From Your Record
Having a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) on your record can have significant negative consequences. It can show up in your background checks and hamper you from gaining employment, acquiring loans, or buying or renting an apartment. Fortunately, North Carolina is among the states where it is possible to get a DWI conviction (also commonly referred to as driving under the influence or DUI) expunged from your record.
The DWI defense attorneys at Maitland & English Law Firm, PLLC, assist individuals in expunging drunk driving convictions from their records.
Determining Your Eligibility
The eligibility requirements for DUI expungement varies from state to state. However, generally, the most common factors considered include:
- Number of convictions — If you have multiple DUIs or have other convictions on your record, you will likely be deemed ineligible for DUI expungement. Fortunately, in North Carolina, the Second Chance Act provides individuals with multiple low-level convictions a means to pursue expungement.
- Length of time since conviction — Virtually all U.S. states have a time duration in which you must have maintained a clean record to be qualified for expungement. In North Carolina, the duration is typically seven years.
- The severity of the DUI — If your DUI was classified as a felony due to extenuating circumstances, it will be more challenging to get it expunged.
It is vital to consult an expungement lawyer who can review the facts of your case and help you navigate the DUI expungement process.
Understanding The Expungement Process
First, a petition has to be filed with the county courthouse where the charge originated. To avoid delays, be sure to fill the correct form and make sure the details are accurate. You will be scheduled for a hearing, and the judge will decide if you should be granted an expungement based on the details you provide, your past records and any reports from third-party sources.
Expungement doesn’t mean your conviction is completely erased from your record. Instead, it no longer shows up in most background checks. It will remain visible to law enforcement and court officials.
Hire An Expungement Attorney
Because the process can be long, strenuous and complicated, it is always wise to hire a DWI expungement lawyer to aid you in this regard. For expungement in North Carolina, consider hiring our team of seasoned lawyers at Maitland & English Law Firm, PLLC. For any queries or to book an appointment, contact us online or call 919-265-0800.