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DUI Expungement in Anaheim
In Anaheim, as in the rest of California, a DUI conviction can have severe consequences on your life. Violation of DUI provisions can lead to financial difficulties, licensing difficulties, housing difficulties and perhaps worst of all, difficulty in gaining employment.
If you have a DUI and want to make sure that you are not adversely affected by it, then a DUI expungement can help to diminish the effects of the mistakes that you may have made.How Can a DUI Expungement Help?
A DUI expungement demonstrates that you have successfully completed all your penalties for the crime and that the court finds you eligible for relief.
Some people argue that the main purpose of a DUI expungement is to allow a DUI violator who has done their penance to have a normal opportunity at gaining employment once again.
Once the DUI has been expunged, a prospective employer is not able to make a search and find a person’s DUI conviction. Therefore, after a DUI expungement the DUI will not get in the way of you getting hired or promoted, finding an apartment to rent, and so on.
However, it should be noted that getting your DUI expunged will not automatically get you back a suspended driver’s license. Also, because the more instances that someone gets charged with a DUI , the more severe the penalties get, an expunged DUI will not change this rule, meaning that if someone were to get a DUI expunged and they get another DUI, the penalties would still be more severe than the prior circumstance. For example, say a man gets charged with a DUI for the first time. Because he completed his probation, he was able to successfully get his DUI expunged. However, after some bad decisions, the man gets two more DUI’s. Just because his first DUI got expunged does not mean that he would suffer the consequences any less as if the first DUI did not happen. His second DUI will be treated like his second DUI and his third DUI will have the penalties of a third DUI, regardless of the expunged first DUI offense.Who Can Get A DUI Expungement?
According to California Expungement law (PC 1203.4), you must first complete all your terms of probation including community service, alcohol school, and full payment of fines.
Also, it may be harder for you to get a DUI expunged if your DUI was charged as felony. This could be the case if someone was injured or killed as a result of you driving under the influence.
Once you have completed all the terms of probation you are then eligible for DUI expungement.
You must, however, prove to the court that your expungement is in the interest of justice, which is why it is crucial that you find the best criminal attorney that you can find to represent you in court.
We have handled many expungement motions, and would be happy to hear the details of your case to give you an honest opinion of whether or not you’re eligible. Call Johnson Criminal Law Group today for your 1203.4 DUI expungement.