Is DUI Expungement Possible?

Having a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) on your record can have a lot of negative consequences. It can show up in your background checks and hamper you from gaining employment, acquiring loans, or even buying or renting an apartment. Fortunately, in some US states, including North Carolina, it is possible to get your DUI conviction expunged off your records.

Determine 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, there is a high chance you will be deemed ineligible for DUI expungement by the court. Fortunately, in North Carolina, the Second Chance Act will go into effect this December, making people with multiple low-level convictions eligible for expungement.

Length of Time Since Conviction

Virtually all US 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 7 years.

Severity of the DUI

If your DUI charge was classified as a felony, it would be far harder to get it expunged.

It is vital to consult an expunge lawyer who can check your history and better guide you on your eligibility to get a DUI expungement.

The Expungement Process

First, a petition has to be filed with County Courthouse, where the charge originated. Be sure to know this can involve a lot of paperwork. To avoid delays, be sure to fill the correct form and make sure that 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 filed, your past records, and any reports from third sources.

Expungement doesn’t mean that your conviction is completely erased off the record. Just that it will no longer show up in most background checks. It would be still visible to law enforcement and court officials.

Hire an Expungement Attorney

Because the process can be long, strenuous, and complicated, it is always better to hire an expunge lawyer to aid you in this regard. For expungement in NC, consider hiring our team of seasoned lawyers at Maitland & English Law Firm. For any queries or to book an appointment, contact us online or by telephone at 919-265-0800.