If you’re arrested and charged with a DUI in the state of California, it is highly likely that the incident will go on your criminal record, or “rap sheet”. However, there is the possibility that you can get a DUI charged expunged. An expungement has different definitions in every state, but generally it is a formal process of deleting or clearing a DUI charge from your record. However, due to the drunk driving laws being different in each state, it’s important to consult with a drunk driving defense attorney to get help with your DUI case.
In the state of California you can get the DUI charge expunged after completion of probation. However, keep in mind that a DUI charge or conviction in California will not necessarily be removed permanently from your criminal record. Furthermore, if you have a second DUI charge within ten years, the first DUI incident could still be used as prior conviction. For example, if DUI #1 is expunged but later the person is charged with another DUI (#2), it will still be considered a second offense.
Benefits of a DUI Expungement in California
So what then are the benefits of a DUI expungement if it can’t be completely removed from your record?
1. The current case will be dismissed by the court
2. You do not have disclose the DUI charge when applying for a job with a private employer. However, if applying for any government or state-related position, it must be disclosed.