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Can I Get a DUI Expunged From My Record?

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In some cases, a crime can be removed from someone’s record through a process called “expungement.” If you have a DUI on your record, you may be wondering if you can get it expunged and get a clean start. A Queens expungement lawyer from our firm can tell you more about your options.

When Can I Get a DUI Expunged?

In many circumstances, you cannot remove a DUI conviction from your record. It stays on there for years, and anyone looking into your background is likely to find it

Expungement is available for anyone who was acquitted of a DUI or otherwise had the charge put aside. So that means that it is in your best interest to fight back against the charge in the first place. If you can get an acquittal, potentially with the help of our experienced DUI lawyers, then you can have your record expunged later.

What Happens If I Cannot Have My DUI Expunged?

A DUI conviction can result in legal consequences and other punishments. Having one on your record can result in:

Increased punishments for other DUIs: When you get convicted of a DUI, any future DUI can carry more severe punishments. You end up facing higher fines, longer prison sentences, and the potential to lose your driver’s license for a long time.

Professional issues: A DUI conviction can also cause problems in your professional life. If you are in a career field that required you to get a professional license, the state board overseeing your work could hit you with penalties in addition to the legal consequences you face. If you are looking for jobs in the future, a conviction will also appear on your record. While a DUI is not an absolute barrier to most employment, it could certainly affect you if you want to get a job that involves driving.

How Can An Attorney Help Me?

An experienced DUI attorney can help you fight this charge and explore options that can clean up your record. Your lawyer can:

  • Help you avoid a DUI conviction in the first place
  • Plead down charges to something that can be expunged, like reckless driving
  • Figure out if you are eligible to expunge a charge from your record

If you cannot expunge your DUI charge, we may be able to help you take advantage of other New York state laws that make it easier for someone to gain employment once they have been charged with a crime like this one. There may be an option for sealing the record after a certain period of time or you could be eligible to apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct that can help rehabilitate your reputation. If there is a good option for you, we will find it.

Call Our Law Firm Today

If you are facing a DUI charge, take it seriously and make sure that you have the best possible defense. You do not want a conviction following you around for years and years. Contact Vasilou Law and schedule your consultation today.

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