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Can You Get a DUI in California Off Your Record?

You may have heard that it's possible to get a DUI in California off your record. But what does that mean, exactly? And is it really a possibility? In this article, we'll break down everything you need to know about getting a DUI expunged from your record in California. Read on for more information!


What Is A DUI In California?

A DUI in California is a serious offense. If you are convicted of DUI, you will face significant penalties, including jail time, loss of your driver's license, and hefty fines. In addition, a DUI conviction will stay on your record for life.

This can also include both legal and illegal substances. If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you will be given a DUI. If you are under 21 years old, the legal limit is much lower, at 0.02%.

There are two types of DUIs in California: wet and dry reckless. A wet reckless is when your BAC was 0.08% or higher, while a dry reckless is when drugs were involved in the DUI. Both carry similar penalties, but a wet reckless will usually result in harsher punishments.


Is There A Way To Get A DUI Off My Record?

If you have been convicted of DUI in California, you may be wondering if there is any way to get the conviction off your record. The answer is yes - it is possible to expunge a DUI from your record.

The process of expunging a DUI from your record is called "expungement." Expungement is a legal process that allows people to have their criminal records sealed. This means that the criminal record will not show up on background checks or be accessible to the public.

To expunge a DUI from your record, you will need to file a petition with the court. The court will then review your case and decide whether or not to grant your request for expungement. If you are granted expungement, the DUI will be removed from your criminal record. This can be a helpful way to move on with your life after a DUI conviction.


How Long Will My DUI Be On My Record?

If you're convicted of DUI in California, the offense will remain on your DMV record for 10 years. However, this doesn't mean that your DUI will be visible to everyone for the next decade. After three to five years, most employers and landlords will not be able to see your DUI on background checks. And after 10 years, the DUI will no longer appear on your criminal record.

So if you're wondering how to get a DUI off your record, the answer is: it depends. For most people, the DUI will eventually become much less visible and may even disappear completely from public view. But if you want to speed up the process, you may be able to get your DUI expunged through the courts.


Can You Expunge A DUI Off Your Record If You Committed A DUI Misdemeanor?

If you have been arrested and convicted of a DUI in California, you may be wondering if there is any way to get the DUI off your record. The answer is yes, but it depends on the circumstances of your case.

If you were only charged with a misdemeanor DUI, you may be eligible to have your record expunged (or sealed) after completing your sentence. This means that the record will not show up on most background checks. To be eligible for an expungement, you must:

  • Complete your probationary period
  • Have no new criminal convictions during probation
  • Pay all fines and restitution ordered by the court
  • Complete all required DUI classes and treatment programs

If you are not eligible for an expungement, you may still be able to have your DUI record sealed. This is a more difficult process, but it will also make your record inaccessible to most employers and landlords. To have your DUI record sealed, you must:

  • Wait 10 years from the date of your conviction
  • Have no new criminal convictions during that time
  • Pay all fines and restitution ordered by the court
  • Complete all required DUI classes and treatment programs

If you are not eligible for either expungement or sealing of your record, there is still some good news. In California, most employers can only consider convictions that happened within the last 7 years. So if it has been more than 7 years since your conviction, you can legally say that you do not have a conviction on your record.

All in all, if you have a DUI on your record and are currently living in California, it's best to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer to see what can be done. Chances are good that there is some relief available to you, but don't wait too long – the sooner you start working on getting your DUI off your record, the better. Have you been arrested for DUI? If so, give our team a call today for a free consultation. We may be able to help get your arrest records expunged and restore your driving privileges.


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