Anybody with a criminal record knows all too well how it can affect many aspects of life. Records of arrest - or worse, a conviction - may impede finding employment, getting an apartment or pursuing certain vocations. DUI charges are particularly problematic because people often associate them with recklessness, indiscretion and unsafe behavior. There are a few ways to expunge such records, though.
The following three are some of the most common opportunities for DUI record expungement in Texas. Whether you are facing a new charge or trying to have an old one removed from your record, it can help to have a legal representative by your side advocating for your interests and fighting for your rights.
1. Found not guilty
If you have a DUI charge but the court ultimately finds you not guilty, you might still need to contend with the consequences of an arrest record. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, calculating what percentage of DUI charges result in conviction is difficult, but there is a general assumption that it is high. You may be able to get records of your arrest and charges expunged if courts find you innocent.
2. Case dismissal
Similarly, if the courts dismiss the case against you, you may also be able to expunge all records of the arrest and charges. This typically happens if the court dismisses the case before going to trial. In such a circumstance, you may petition for the removal of all records associated with the case.
3. Win an appeal
For tried charges that resulted in a conviction, getting records expunged is likely to be a more difficult task. It is possible, however, if you decide to appeal your conviction and are able to do so successfully. Overturning your conviction may then allow you to petition for expungement and put your DUI case behind you.