Expungement Attorney in Contra Costa County
Experienced DUI Expungement Lawyer Seeking to Improve Your Future
Those eligible for an 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 you have already served your sentence or had to face negative consequences as a result of the crime. Ask our Contra Costa County DUI expungement lawyer Anthony Blalock if an expungement could be in your future. We are available 24/7.
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 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.
Am I Eligible for a DUI Expungement?
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, you may be eligible for having your case expunged & sealed. Doing this properly is essential, and it is highly recommended retaining our seasoned Contra Costa County DUI defense attorney to protect yourself as you move through the process.
When You Can Apply for Expungement
You may petition to expunge a conviction when you complete probation or if the court grants early termination of probation, whichever is earliest. However, you may file a petition if at least two years have passed after completing your sentence.
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.
How to Obtain Expungement
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.
Benefits of Expungement
The following are some of the benefits of getting your conviction 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
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.
Find out how The Blalock Law Firm, PC can help you by calling (925) 259-3270.