Can a DUI be Expunged?

When you’re charged with a DUI, the consequences can be far-reaching and last for some time. Not only is there the immediate impact of potential fines, license suspension, or jail time, but the charge remains on your record and may have further implications. A DUI on a record can make it harder to find employment and secure housing and even impact close relationships. 

Thankfully with lawyers like Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP at hand who specialize in expungement and DIU, you don’t need to tackle this alone, and they can assist in investigating the details around your DUI and the most effective strategy to help clear your name. The following blog will detail what it means to get a DUI and the circumstances that may apply to the expungement.

What happens after a DUI in Illinois?

Like many aspects of the law, a DUI charge and request for it to be expunged are only sometimes straightforward. While the conviction of a misdemeanor in Illinois may make you ineligible for expungement or sealing of your criminal record in Illinois, an offender may go this route if, after an initial citation, you are found not guilty. 

For driving under the influence (DUI) offenders, an attorney has your best interests at heart and can help you gather the necessary documents to seal or expunge any incriminating evidence from your record. If there are additional charges around your citation, a lawyer may help expunge those citations and work to seal your record.

An arrest remains on one’s record, even with an acquittal. Yet, with the help of a respected lawyer, it may be possible to have such records shielded from public view to protect your reputation and rights going forward.

Can a criminal record be sealed after a DUI?

The Criminal Identification Act has many implications for individuals with criminal records. Most beneficial is the potential of having a criminal record sealed, where private access to the record is restricted and no longer available to the general public. This process can be seen as a more lenient alternative for felony convictions that cannot be expunged. 

However, DUI convictions are an exception as they are not allowed to be sealed in Illinois, despite their immediately detrimental effect on an individual’s reputation and seeking future employment opportunities. Consequently, it is vital to understand how your criminal record may affect you and what measures have been adopted within the law.

Contact Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP lawyers to discuss your expungement case.

Expunging and sealing a DUI from your criminal record can be confusing and time-consuming. However, hiring an experienced attorney to handle your case can simplify the process. An attorney can help ensure that all the necessary paperwork is filed correctly and promptly. 

While you are not required to have legal representation for this case, it is still encouraged. If you are interested in discussing your options with an attorney, don’t hesitate to contact the lawyers at Arshad, Pangere & Warring, LLP, to discuss your DUI. We are here to help you succeed.

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