People arrested for and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Alabama but never actually convicted of the crime can still be faced
with serious consequences, perhaps for the rest of their lives. Many professional
organizations and societal institutions will negatively judge an individual
or applicant just for having DUI charges on their record. In order to
clear their name and move towards a better tomorrow, people can sometimes
petition for a
What is DUI Expungement in Alabama?
Expungement – also called expunction – is the legal process
of erasing an arrest, charge, or sometimes even a conviction off a criminal
record if certain requirements are met. Alabama is one of several states
that is notorious for not making it easy to use expungement. In most cases,
the state will only consider expungement if the petitioner has never been
convicted of a DUI or another serious crime and if the DUI in question
is a misdemeanor, not a
Other prerequisites that must be met for your DUI expungement to be considered are:
- You were not convicted of the DUI or found guilty.
- It has been at least one year since you completed any necessary diversion programs.
- If your DUI charge was dismissed, it was done so without prejudice.
- If your DUI charge was a felony, it must not have been related to vehicular
assault or vehicular manslaughter.
Expungement Can Bring Numerous Benefits
If expungement is a complicated process in Alabama, is it worth considering
for your DUI charge or arrest? In nearly all cases, absolutely. A successful
expungement may take some time but the benefits it brings simply cannot
be attained so long as a DUI mark is on your record.
After an expungement, you are far more likely to find gainful employment,
be approved for bank loans and credit lines, and be accepted by landlords
when renting living spaces. In many situations, you do not even have to
admit to ever being arrested for a DUI or crime that was successfully
expunged. When a nongovernmental official or agent asks if you have a
mark on your criminal record, so long as all marks have been expunged,
you can often legally answer ‘no.’ In addition to these great
benefits, you will also feel peace of mind and a sense of stability that
otherwise would have been difficult to achieve with a DUI charge hanging
over your past.
To learn more about DUI expungement and to discover if it is an option
for you, call
205.800.8596 to connect with Tidwell Law Group, LLC. Our Birmingham criminal defense
attorney can review your situation during a
free case evaluation to help you get pointed in the right direction.