Los Angeles Expunge DUI Lawyer
If you have a past DUI criminal conviction on your record, The Rodriguez Law Group may be able to help. Although DUIs and drug possession are some of the most common crimes in Southern California, they have serious effects, which can last for the rest of a person’s life.
These penalties, such as impacts on voting, gun ownership, employment, housing, and even disclosure to new acquaintances are often referred to as “collateral consequences”.
Fortunately, it may be possible to get your DUI expunged from your criminal record. At The Rodriguez Law Group, our legal team has handled numerous DUI expungements and dismissals. We are familiar with the restrictions, limitations, options, and legal processes available. Whatever is necessary to improve your future, we are here to help.
Why You Should Call a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys to Help You Get Your DUI Expunged
In the state of California, a DUI conviction is a criminal offense, not a simple traffic violation. It will not automatically fall off your record after so many years, but it does not need to stay on your record forever.
Although your record is technically not sealed when a conviction is expunged, post-conviction relief can eliminate or reduce the consequences of a DUI after you have completed probation.
This can be accomplished either by withdrawing a guilty or no contest plea, and re-entering a not guilty plea, or, if you were found guilty at trial, a verdict may be set aside.
Getting your DUI expunged isn’t necessarily an easy or straightforward process. In order to get the result you need, it helps to have a qualified lawyer representing your interests.
At The Rodriguez Law Group, we have the experience, skills, and resources that are necessary to help you navigate the process and wipe your slate clean. We’re ready to get started – give us a call to arrange your free case evaluation to learn more today.
What Does Expungement Mean?
The website for the Judicial Branch of California states “true expungement does not exist in California.” However, it is possible to clean up your criminal record and reduce its impact, significantly. This is done by a petition process. Penal Code (P.C.) 1203.4 allows many convictions to be cleared or dismissed. Many DUI convictions can be dismissed at the successful completion of probation if you have followed all court orders and do not have any new charges against you.
It is important to note that DMV consequences of a drunk driving conviction are separate from a criminal conviction. A DUI expungement will not affect your DUI record or points. If you get a DUI expunged and apply for jobs that require a clean DMV history, your DUI will not be erased. In California, a DUI will stay under your DMV record for 10 years, regardless of whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony DUI.
When Can You File For Expungement in Los Angeles, CA?
After probation is completed for a DUI offense, you can file a petition to get the record expunged. This is reviewed by a judge who will determine if you are eligible for expungement or not.
You cannot file for expungement if:
- You currently have charges pending for a criminal offense
- You are on probation or parole for a criminal offense
- You are serving a sentence for a criminal offense
- You have not paid all court fees and fines on this case
Both felony and misdemeanor DUIs may be eligible for expungement, and DUIs which are reduced to a wet reckless (California Vehicle Code Section 23103). If you want to maximize your chances of a successful expungement, contact The Rodriguez Law Group to speak with a lawyer about your case.
What is P.C. 1203.4?
“Expungement” is allowed under P.C. 1203.4. This is technically a dismissal of a verdict, guilty plea, or no contest (nolo contendere) plea. Under this statute, your records are not sealed, and your conviction remains on your record for some purposes, such as counting as a “prior” if you have another case later. It is important to note, expungement is not a right. It is granted through a petition which involves
What are the Benefits of Expunging a California DUI?
Having a Los Angeles DUI expunged can be helpful in getting hired. After a drunk driving or drugged driving conviction has been expunged, employers may not use it as a consideration for hiring decisions, and the conviction will no longer show up on background checks.
If your record is expunged, you can answer that you have never been convicted on many, but not all, job applications.
For example, you may have to disclose your prior criminal history if your job requires a government-issued license, such as a pilot’s license, or applications for public office positions, applications for professional licensing by the state, city, or county agencies, or for contracting with the California State Lottery may require you to disclose dismissed/expunged convictions.
And although not legally significant, you can tell family and friends and new relationships that you have not been convicted of a crime.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles DUI Attorney
We understand that dealing with criminal matters is stressful, and are here to help you whether you have just been charged with a DUI in Los Angeles, or are looking to get a past conviction expunged. To discuss your case with a Los Angeles DUI expungement lawyer, contact The Rodriguez Law Group today.
Your first consultation is absolutely free. Call (213) 437-9054 to speak with a member of our team.