How Long Does a DUI Stay On Your Record?
Posted By Salvador Law Group || Jun 14, 2019
Were you recently pulled over for a DUI in the state of Arizona? You may well be concerned that you are about to be in a great deal of legal trouble. You may be worried about being incarcerated or racking up huge debts due to the fines that may be imposed.
Even if you complete your jail time and pay your fines, a DUI conviction doesn't always end there. You may still have to spend months on probation and attend special classes at your own expense. The good news is that being pulled over for a DUI does not necessarily mean that you are guaranteed to be found guilty.
Defending Your Charge
As a matter of fact, there is plenty of incentive to believe that you can hire the services of a skilled legal expert to make your DUI charges go away. A seasoned criminal defense attorney will be able to gather the evidence against you and put together a case to cast doubt on your arrest. Your attorney must show that probable cause may not have been exhibited or that the evidence pointing to your arrest does not add up to a DUI conviction. With this outcome, you could have a chance of avoiding a conviction on these charges.
Does an Arrest Stay on Your Record?
But, suppose the case is dropped and you are now free to go? Will the record of the arrest still hang around to haunt you? Your main worry will now be potential employers, mortgage companies, landowners, or potential new relationships that may want to know your history, which may include a DUI arrest, whether warranted or not.
This is yet another situation in which an Arizona criminal defense attorney can help you and your future. There are a certain amount of charges that are eligible to be expunged from your record if no conviction is ever obtained. Arizona does not employ the term "expungement." The actual legal term currently in use is "setting aside the judgment." However, it does virtually the same thing.
If you need help getting an arrest or conviction expunged from your record, your best bet is to contact an Arizona attorney who has experience helping individuals “set aside” their DUI arrests or charges.
Contact Salvador Law Group at (602) 842-6222 for a free case evaluation.