If you have been convicted of a DWI, you may be interested in expunging your record, particularly if you have already experienced negative consequences of having a DWI. Two common scenarios where having a DWI on your file can be harmful is during a job search or in a rental situation. If you have a DWI on your record and you want to have it expunged, the first step is to get in touch with an experienced DWI attorney in your region to determine if your state allows a DWI to be deleted from your record.
Even if you live in a state where a DWI can be expunged from your record, you may not be eligible. Eligibility depends on your specific circumstances.
Having a record expunged means that the DWI is erased from the public record. An expungement is ordered by the judge after a petition is filed requesting the DWI be expunged. If the court orders a DWI record expunged, it is as if the conviction never happened.
Expunging a DWI: The Timeline & The Process
Depending on your state of residence, there will be a specified time that must pass between the date of your conviction and filing a petition to expunge your record. Consult with a local DWI attorney to find out if you are eligible and when you are eligible to expunge your record. Generally speaking, the shortest period of time you must wait before seeking to expunge your DWI is one year.
If you are having your DWI expunged, remember that there are two sides: administrative and criminal. Discuss the matter with your attorney to find out if it is possible in your state to expunge the DWI from your criminal record and remove it from your driving record. In most cases, it is not possible to remove the DWI from a driving record, but it’s always a good time to check.
When the judge considers whether or not to order a record expunged, they will find any subsequent criminal convictions, how clean your driving record is since the conviction and license reinstatement. If there appears to be a string of continuing trouble, it is probable that the judge will deny the request to expunge or delete the DWI.
Get in touch with a local DWI attorney at Aronow Law PC. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys are your best source of information about the rules in your state regarding record expungement and how you could be eligible.