If you face criminal charges, you are likely aware that a conviction will appear on your record. It can have far-reaching consequences on your life, such as when looking for a job or housing.
Fortunately, it is sometimes possible to expunge your case and have the record erased, sealed or inaccessible to the public. An expungement can help deal with the inconveniences of having a criminal record since your run-in with the law will not show up in regular background checks, and you do not have to disclose such information.
So, can you expunge a DUI conviction and get a clean slate? Here is what you need to know about the law in Maryland.
You might be able to expunge a charge, but not a conviction
While it is possible to get an expungement if you were arrested for a DUI but not charged or if your charges resulted in an acquittal or were dismissed, it is not possible to expunge a drunk driving conviction. Certain cases are ineligible for expungement in Maryland, and a DUI conviction is one of them.
However, this does not mean that all hope is lost. There are other ways to minimize the impact of a DUI conviction on your life. For example, you may apply for a pardon, which can restore some of your civil rights and help work your way toward an expungement.
Take proper steps to help protect your interests
A DUI conviction can have lifelong implications. Therefore, having qualified legal representation to help devise your defense is in your best interests. It can increase the chances of a desirable verdict and save you a lot of trouble.