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Expunging a DUI: what this means and why it's helpful

Have you ever heard of an expungement? It isn't specific to a DUI offense. "Expunging a charge" is something that many people can achieve, but it is far from guaranteed. When you do earn an expungement for a criminal charge, though, what it means is that your charge is "sealed." No one will be able to search for or know that you were charged with a crime before.

To an outsider, this may seem sneaky. But in reality, it is very necessary for many people. Having a criminal charge on your record is punishing in many different ways than just the legal consequences of the charge.

For example, if you are looking for a place to live, the landlord will undoubtedly check your criminal record. Having something there will hurt your chances of getting that new place of living. Similarly, having a criminal record can affect your ability to find a new job, or to keep your current one depending on the circumstances. 

If you do get an expungement, it will be as if your DUI never happened -- at least in the eyes of the people who would search for your criminal record. Of course, your expunged crime could become "unsealed" in light of a new criminal offense.

Ultimately, though, the point of this blog post is to make people aware of an expungement. It is an important option that people have to combat the consequences associated with a criminal charge.

Source: FindLaw, "DUI Expungement," Accessed March 16, 2016

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