With the rise of drunk driving enforcement, more and more individuals are finding themselves with a DUI (or OWI) conviction on their record. This can cause issues with a driver’s license, employment, and travel.

Can an Expungement Lawyer Expunge or Seal My DUI Conviction?

Therefore, I am frequently asked if I’m an expungement attorney, or if I have the ability to seal or expunge their criminal record. Unfortunately, expungement laws have made it very clear that the answer to this question is no.

Why Can’t I Expunge My DUI?

While some states consider DUI charges eligible for expungement, Michigan does not. According to MCL 780.621(3), a person may not set aside certain convictions on their record. Specifically, MCL 780.621(3)(d) states that a person may not expunge;

“A traffic offense, including, but not limited to, a conviction for operating while intoxicated.”

Therefore, the Michigan Legislature has specifically chosen to exclude OWIs from those convictions that are eligible for expungement or record sealing. While the points assessed to your driving record will eventually go away, the conviction itself will not.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Lessen the Impact of a DUI?

Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to lessen the impact of an OWI conviction. Your OWI case will cause at least SOME inconvenience in your life. However, remaining out of trouble is key to putting this in the past. As weird as it may sound, many people have OWI charges on their arrest records. Doctors, lawyers, CEOs, and politicians can all receive these charges.

While the initial shock may be tough, the sanctions will pass. As long as you only have one OWI on your criminal history, 99% of your life will return to normal within a year.

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(Your ability to travel to Canada will be restricted for longer than 1 year. You will need to consult with an attorney to determine your eligibility.)

However, proving to an employer that you are trustworthy and safe will only occur with an extended period of remaining out of trouble. Many employers also appreciate and commend an employee who completes probation successfully.

Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Obviously, the easiest way to avoid these issues is to hire a criminal defense attorney today who can put you into a position to beat your OWI case. While criminal charge dismissals are never guaranteed, a first offense OWI will stay on your record for life. You should invest in a defense that gives you the best shot to beat the case.

While the end outcome might be a criminal conviction, you should at least give yourself the opportunity to fight. After all, if this is the only shot you have to keep this off your record, why not put all of your resources into it?

For that reason alone, contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation.