The Chauncey Law Firm, P.A., Florida criminal defense lawyers, tell us that Florida allows you to seal or expunge your criminal record (if you are eligible). When a record has been expunged, those entities which would have access to a sealed record will be informed that the subject of the record has had a record expunged, but would not have access to the record itself without a court order.
Things are a little different in every state, however. According to OK.Gov, in Oklahoma City and throughout the rest of the State of Oklahoma, “Expungements allow you to seal your court record or arrest record. This prevents the public from having access to the information.” This information is practically useless.
In Oklahoma, a DUI charge can be noted on three separate records. Those records are:
- your arrest record
- your driving record
- and a court record
- Driving records need to be challenged within 15 days of the arrest via an administrative hearing.
As for your court record – many people make the mistake of pleading guilty with the promise of a “clean slate” and expungement after a guilty plea and finishing a probationary period. The problem with this is that this does NOT seal a criminal record.
As you can see, clearing these records is a time sensitive matter. You may or may not be able to clear, expunge or seal these records. If you are able to, you will need the assistance of a seasoned attorney.
One mistake doesn’t need to ruin the rest of your life. Contact us right away after any DUI charge and we’ll come up with a strategy just for you.