If you received a DUI in Missouri more than a decade ago, you may be able to get your conviction expunged by filing a petition in court. A St. Louis DUI attorney can help you with the process.
What is expungement?
Expungement is the process of sealing or erasing a criminal conviction from a person’s criminal record. When a conviction is expunged, it will no longer appear on background checks in most cases and the person with the expunged record no longer has to disclose the arrest and conviction when asked.
You may wish to have a conviction expunged if you believe it is affecting:
- Job applications
- School applications
- Rental applications
An expungement hides your conviction from the public, but it can still be accessed by some government agencies, such as law enforcement and the court system.
Expungements may be granted for lesser crimes, after a period of time, or due to the circumstances surrounding the crime. Expungements are not available for serious crimes, and some states don’t grant them at all.
Missouri DUI/DWI Expungement
If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the state of Missouri, you may be able to get your conviction expunged after some time passes. However, you have to meet a number of qualifications, including:
- Your DUI/DWI conviction must have taken place over ten years ago.
- Your DUI/DWI conviction must have been a first offense.
- Your DUI/DWI conviction must have been a misdemeanor.
- Your DUI/DWI conviction cannot have involved a commercial vehicle.
- You cannot have any other alcohol-related convictions on your record, or any other pending alcohol-related charges.
In order to get your DUI/DWI expunged, you must file a petition in the courts. An experienced Missouri DWI attorney can help you navigate this process.
Contact A St. Louis Drunk Driving Attorney Today
Whether you are looking to get an old DWI conviction expunged, or whether you are facing a new charge related to driving while intoxicated, The Shostak Law Firm can help you understand the best process for moving forward. To speak with an experienced St. Louis DWI attorney, please contact us today by calling (314) 380-3059 or filling out our quick contact form. To learn more, get out Free Missouri DWI Survival Guide.