The toll a DUI takes on a person convicted of such an offense goes far beyond the legal consequences of the individual charge. Yes, the potential jail time, license suspension and fines associated with the charge are very serious and can really affect a person’s livelihood and well-being. But the long term effects of a DUI go beyond those specific legal consequences.
For example, someone who has a DUI on their record may find it difficult to find a new place to live. Landlords may turn them down when they perform a background check and see a drunk driving offense on there. Similarly, it can be difficult to find a new job — or even keep the job you have, depending on the job and the circumstances.
Given the tremendous punishment these situations represent, it is no wonder that people talk about the long terms effects of a DUI in such stark terms — and why people do everything in their power to clear their records.
This is where a DUI expungement comes into play. An expungement is the process of “sealing” your criminal record, effectively hiding it from most people and entities. An expungement can occur for many different crimes, including a DUI. Expunging a DUI can be very valuable, opening up new opportunities for you.
However, it is crucial to remember that getting an expungement isn’t a guarantee. Furthermore, your criminal record still exists. It’s just sealed. If you commit another criminal offense, your record will become “unsealed” so that prosecutors of the crime you currently face can prove and establish your past conduct and charges.
Source: FindLaw, “DUI Expungement,” Accessed June 7, 2016