Some things take a lifetime to overcome. When you are charged with a crime, including a DUI, it is listed on your permanent public record. While we all have lapses in judgement, an arrest for DUI can have a negative impact on your ability to get a job or secure an apartment. In short, having an arrest on your record can alter the quality of your life on both a personal and a professional level.
However, there is something you can do. In certain circumstances, an experienced DUI attorney can work to have your DUI arrest expunged, which means that it is permanently removed from your record.
DUI arrest records are eligible to be expunged under the following circumstances:
- If were found not guilty of your DUI charges
- If the prosecuting attorney decided not to file any charges against you
- If the prosecuting attorney filed charges against you but later dropped them based on participation in a pre-trial intervention program or due to issues with evidence among other reasons.
If your arrest is expunged from public records, Florida Law essentially allows you to pretend like it never happened when applying for a job, renting an apartment, or going through other types of public inquiries. Please note, this is different from having your record sealed. When you record is sealed, it remains on file at both with the prosecuting attorney’s office and the department in which the arrest was made. Also, you may only attempt to expunge one criminal record in your lifetime.
If you have been charged with a DUI, the attorneys at McIntyre Thanasides Bringgold Elliott Grimaldi Guito & Matthews, P.A. can guide you through the process of getting your record expunged in addition to representing you in your case. Contact us today for a free consultation at 844-511-4800.