People make mistakes. Whether you are young or old, mistakes come with the territory of being human. However, the consequences that follow a mistake can be big or small, depending on the mistake made. Regardless, certain mistakes, such as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, can follow you throughout your life, making everything more difficult than necessary. Because of this, most people wonder whether a DUI can be removed from their criminal record in Spokane. If you or a loved one have been charged with or convicted of a DUI, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Spokane DUI attorney to help you strategize about the best possible outcomes for your case.
Can You Remove a DUI from Your Criminal Record?
For most people, after making a mistake such as drinking and driving, or being under the influence of drugs and driving, expungement of that DUI charge is a priority. Because DUIs can affect your personal life as well as your professional life, seeking to expunge your record is a natural reaction. Unfortunately, under Washington's state law, expungement is not allowed for DUI cases. This is true, whether you served time for the DUI or the DUI is one that you received when you were younger. In Washington state, Revised Code of Washington Section 9.96.060 states that a DUI conviction is an exception to the misdemeanors that can be expunged or vacated under Washington law. Because expungement is not allowed in Washington state, this can determine whether you plead guilty to a DUI charge or decide to take the case to trial. Therefore, it is invaluable to seek legal representation and advice if you find yourself in this circumstance so that you can determine the best strategies for your case.
Need Legal Advice?
Though everyone makes mistakes, a DUI conviction can follow you throughout your life, making it difficult to drive as well receive certain job offers. Because the consequences can be dire to you and your family, it is important to seek legal advice and representation to help determine the best strategy for your case. If you or a loved one have been charged or convicted of a DUI, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you with your case. Contact the West Law Office online or call at 509-993-0748 so that we can help you today.
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