Contra Costa County Expungement Lawyer
How to Get a DUI Expunged in California
You may petition the court in person, through a lawyer, or through a probation officer (who provides authority in writing). Afterward, the court may either allow you to withdraw your guilty or no-contest plea then enter a not-guilty plea, or set aside the guilty verdict if you have been convicted after originally pleading not guilty.
When Can you Expunge a DUI in California?
You may file a petition if as been at least two years since completing your sentence if you:
- Have completed your probation (usually 3-5 years)
- Paid your fines
- Attended your DUI school
- Served any jail sentence
- And have maintained a clean record since
Additionally, you may review if the court grants early termination of probation, whichever is earliest.
Expungement Cases We Handle
We provide expungement assistance for all convictions, including:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving while under the influence of drugs
- Driving with a BAC over 0.08%
- Multiple DUI offenses
- First-time DUI offenses
- Felony DUI charges
Sealing Your Record
In California, a DUI can be used as a prior offense for ten years. It will remain on your criminal record indefinitely unless you expunge & seal your record.
Your criminal record can affect your ability to:
- Apply for housing
- Seek employment
- Retain benefits
- And cause other difficulties both in the workplace and your home life
If you are able to receive an expungement, housing and employment opportunities will likely open up for you. For this reason, we work diligently to seek expungements for our clients. We want you to have that second chance. We want you to have a clear criminal record so you can move past this mistake and into a more positive future.
What Are the Benefits of Expungement?
Our Contra Costa County expungement attorney can determine how soon you can get your record expunged and get a fresh start in life. Additionally, we may also help you expedite the process by “packaging” several motions into one single proceeding where we can attempt to obtain a grant for early termination, reduce a felony to a misdemeanor, and then expunge your record.
The following are some of the benefits of getting your DUI expunged in California:
- If you are being interviewed for a job, you can honestly say that you’ve never been convicted
- You will have an easier time getting a California professional license
- You will have an easier time obtaining housing
- Your conviction cannot be used against your credibility as a witness in court
- You may be able to avoid deportation
Those eligible for expungement may be able to clear their criminal record of their previous DUI convictions. The process is intended to give individuals a second chance, especially if they have already served their sentence or had to face negative consequences as a result of the crime.
Don't Stand Alone - Put The Blalock Law Firm, PC on Your Side Today
Ask our Contra Costa County DUI expungement lawyer Anthony Blalock if an expungement could be in your future. We are available 24/7. Our Walnut Creek expungement lawyer, Anthony Blalock, has served clients for more than 21 years.
We exclusively practice in the DUI realm and have developed a unique set of skills that can benefit you through your application for expungement. You'll be guided from beginning to end, and we'll answer all of your questions about how to expunge a DUI in California.