How To Remove a DUI from Your Record

A DUI is also known as a criminal charge for driving under the intoxication of alcohol. This is considered a criminal offense and the law enforcement official would have told you of your rights when you were arrested and charged with driving with more alcohol in your system than the legal limit. After a DUI conviction, a person can look forward to jail time, a fine, or both. According to federal law, a person is considered to be DUI when his or her blood alcohol level is at 0.08 percent or more. It is possible in some states such as Michigan that driving under intoxication can also mean the person has developed impaired judgment due to a mixture of drugs and alcohol, or only by taking drugs.


After you have been convicted of a DUI, you may be wondering how to remove a DUI conviction from your record? This is known as DUI expungement, and unfortunately this process will depend on the state you live in. Some people assume that a DUI can be removed from everyone’s record, but this is not the case in states such as Michigan or Washington, in which the DUI conviction remains on your record for life. It would be impossible for the person to have it removed.

State Specific

However, only a handful of states such as California will allow the DUI conviction to be removed from the criminal record. This will be a challenging process and can even involve petitioning the governor of the state. It can involve visiting your local Department of Motor Vehicles to fill out an application and pay a fee to see a copy of your driving record. Once the driving record is obtained the next step is to make an appointment with a lawyer who specializes in DUI convictions. A DUI lawyer will be able to review your case, and give factual information regarding your conviction. This will allow the person to determine the likelihood of having a DUI removed from his or her record. However, it will be important to note that even though the state may allow DUI records to be removed, not everyone convicted of a DUI will have access to this privilege.

Therefore, the outcome of filing an application to remove a DUI conviction from a driving record will vary on a case-by-case basis. Someone who is convicted of his or her first DUI with an alcohol level close to the limit, and without any prior convictions, will stand a better chance at having a DUI expunged from his or her record. 

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