What You Should Do if Stopped for Driving Under the Influence

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

If you are stopped for driving under the influence (DUI), or any traffic violation for that matter, knowing your rights and exercising courtesy and good judgment will make a difficult situation less stressful.  Being aware of what to do when you are stopped for a DUI can lessen the chance of a conviction.

Initial Reaction if Stopped for Driving Under the Influence

If a police officer stops you, sit in your car with your hands visible to the officer.  Do not talk when the officer approaches; roll down your window and listen. Do not assume the officer knew you were drinking, speeding, and smoking marijuana or any other illegal activity. Many people put the thought in the mind of the office by saying such things as “I only had two or three beers” when the officer approaches the car. The police officer could have stopped you for a burned out taillight.

Be Respectful But Assert Your Rights

If you are pulled over by a police officer and stopped for driving under the influence, the stop is only the first step of the process.  Do not argue with the police officer, complain the stop was improper or he is just picking on you. This will get you nowhere. However, there is a difference between arguing with an officer and respectfully asserting your rights. If an officer asks you if you have been drinking, smoking marijuana or have illegal drugs in the car, you do not have to answer, but do not lie. Tell the officer that you want to speak with your attorney before answering any questions. Depending on the officer, you may get a professional response that recognizes your rights or you may not. Control what you can control, in this instance that is your reaction to the officer. You have nothing to gain by reacting out of anger, arguing or venting. Assert and maintain your right against self-incrimination pursuant to the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  However, the police can require a person to identify him or herself.

Implied Consent

Assuming you were stopped for driving under the influence, the police officer will ask you to perform a series of roadside sobriety tests. The State of Washington is an implied consent state. Implied consent means that by driving within the state, you permit a chemical analysis of your breath, blood or urine.  Prior to administration of the tests, the law requires the police to inform you that your driver’s license will be suspended for at least a year if you do not submit to the tests.

Tests can be administered for the presence of drugs as well as alcohol. If you are confident you will pass the test, the best move is to consent to the test. The blood-alcohol limit for drivers twenty-one years of age in a non-commercial vehicle is .08, for commercial drivers the limit is .04. For drivers under the age of 21, the blood-alcohol limit is .02. A word of caution, a person can be convicted of a DUI even if the blood-alcohol level is below the legal limit.

Roadside Physical Dexterity Tests

Roadside physical dexterity tests are not the implied consent test. The immediate sobriety tests are used to determine if probable cause exists for an arrest. The tests include walking in a straight line, following a pen light with your eyes, standing on one leg, etc.  The results can be used against you in court. However, no direct legal penalty is applied for not taking the test.  That being said, the officer will be unhappy if you refuse the tests and may still arrest you for a DUI if the officer saw that your eyes were bloodshot or smelled alcohol or other substance either in the car or on your breathe or body.

Search of a Motor Vehicle

Another issue that often arises during if you were stopped for driving under the influence is the search of the automobile. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches. However, the police have broad authority to search a motor vehicle. Listen carefully, if the police officer asks if he can search the car, you can refuse the request. Do not be intimidated or think that if you are cooperative the police will overlook anything they find because you were a nice guy.

The police have a right to make a search of an automobile if they have a reasonable suspicion that a weapon is present which represents a danger to the officer.   This is called a Terry search, after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968). The Terry rules give police officers broad powers to search for weapons in motor vehicles. Before a search, the police must have an articulable suspicion that their safety is in jeopardy due to the presence of a weapon.  The court defined “articulable suspicion” in an unreported decision as the police needing to provide an objective reason for the search.  State of Washington v. Volden, No. 37081-6-II (Wash. App. 2/18/2009) (Wash. App., 2009). In addition, the Terry search for weapons must be confined to areas where the passengers have immediate access to a weapon.

If a weapon is in your access, tell the police officer. For example, if you have a gun stored in your glove compartment and the officer tells you to get the registration, which many people store in the glove compartment, tell the officer about the gun. If a weapon is by your side, keep your hands high on the steering wheel. Do not make any quick or furtive moves.  Furtive is a word the police use to justify a search. In this context, furtive means an act that is done in a sneaky manner with an attempt to hide an object.  Do all you can to reassure the officer you are not a threat.

If You Are Stopped for Driving Under the Influence

If you are stopped for driving under the influence, be respectful, but assert your legal rights. Do not argue with the police officer, you will lose. The time to present your case is in court. Do not volunteer information to the police officer, other than the immediate presence of a weapon. Contact a DUI defense attorney as soon as possible.


Driving Under the Influence Affects Your Commercial License

Friday, October 14th, 2016

In the State of Washington, commercial drivers face high standards and harsh civil and criminal penalties for driving under the influence (DUI).  Not only will you lose your driver’s license, pay a fine, and be imprisoned, but you may also be required to take prevention classes or alcohol abuse classes.  You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device attached to all of your personal vehicles, which prevents you from driving unless you blow into the car breathalyzer and show that your blood-alcohol content (BAC) level is below 0.025.

Moreover, commercial drivers in Washington must be concerned with two statutes that define driving under the influence (DUI):

  • A person is disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for at least one year if they received a DUI while driving a commercial vehicle.
  • A person is disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for at least one year if they are convicted of a DUI while driving a private vehicle.

See RCW 46.25.090(1).

Driving Under the Influence in Your Private Vehicle Affects Your Commercial License

What constitutes a DUI differs depending on your age and whether you were driving a commercial vehicle or a private vehicle:

  • If you are driving a private vehicle and are 21 years of age or older, then you could be charged with DUI if your BAC level is 0.08 or higher.
  • If you are driving a private vehicle and are under 21 years of age, then you could be charged with DUI if your BAC level is 0.02 or higher.
  • If you have a commercial license and are under the age of 21, you could face the same penalties as any other driver under the age of 21 and lose your commercial license for at least a year.
  • If you are a commercial driver over the age of 21, you could be charged with DUI if your BAC level is 0.04 or higher.

See RCW 46.25.090 (b).  Therefore, the consequences for a young driver drinking one beer can be devastating. If you are under the age of 21, then one beer can cost you your commercial license for a year. For example, according to a blood-alcohol calculator prepared by the Cleveland Clinic, a person who weighs 155 pounds and drinks one beer with an alcohol content of 5% over a thirty-minute time frame will have a BAC in excess of 0.02.

Other Intoxicants Leading to a Driving Under the Influence

Intoxicants other than alcohol can lead to a DUI.  The statute specifically cites marijuana as an intoxicant. Again, a distinction is made between commercial drivers who are 21 years old and those under 21.

  • If you are over 21 years of age, a THC concentration of 5.00 nanograms per milliliter of whole blood constitutes a per se offense of a DUI.
  • If you are under the age of 21, any measurable amount of THC is an offense and will lead to disqualification of driving a commercial vehicle for at least one year.
  • If you are driving a commercial vehicle, any measurable amount of THC will also lead to the loss of commercial license for one year.

Legal drugs, such as over-the-counter or prescription medications, even if taken in accord with the instructions, can also result in a DUI.  Pursuant to RCW 46.61.502(2), it is not a defense if a person is impaired due to a drug that he or she is legally entitled to have and use.   There are numerous legal drugs that have side effects, such as drowsiness, that could impair your ability to drive. The National Safety Commission has created a partial list of prescription and over-the-counter medications that impair driving.

Indirect Consequences of Driving Under the Influence

A DUI charge can have lasting and far reaching consequences.  Not only will you lose your commercial license, but you may also lose your job and employment prospects.  Diligent employers usually perform background check on their potential employees.  This includes a driving history if the duties of the employment position include operating a vehicle.  This is necessary to minimize the employer’s exposure to liability should that potential employee be involved in an accident and was found to have consumed any intoxicants or alcohol.  Exposure to liability is greater if the employer knew or should have known of the employee’s history of DUI.

If you are charged with DUI, contact a driving under the influence defense attorney with The Law Office of Greene & Lloyd, PLLC at (253) 770-0808.


Explanation of Washington’s Roadside Sobriety Tests If You Are Stopped for DUI

Monday, June 27th, 2016

When the police make a stop for a suspected DUI, they begin gathering evidence at the roadside. The police officer will likely conduct a series of test to determine if the driver is driving under the influence (DUI).   Three tests are commonly conducted: the horizontal gaze nystagmus test (HGN); the walk and turn test; and, the one leg stand test. Washington State Patrols Forensics Lab provides instructions and scoring guide for the tests. Understand these Washington’s Roadside Sobriety Tests if you are stopped on suspicion of a DUI.

Follow The Pen Light

The scoring guide indicates how easy it is to fail the test. In the HGN test, the driver will be instructed to follow the movements of a penlight, or other object, without moving his head. The police officer is looking to see if the pupils move in a jerky motion. However, eye fatigue, along with other factors, can cause a jerky reaction in the absence of alcohol. Also, we need to get real. The HGN results cannot be verified other than by the police officer’s observations. The movements of the pupils are so small that a body camera is not likely to record the pupil’s reactions.

Walk, Turn and Do What?

The walk and turn test is equally easy to fail. According to the manual, the person suspected of a DUI is instructed to take nine steps heel to toe, turn and continue making nine more heel-to-toe steps. If you miss a heel-to-toe, that is considered evidence of impairment. If you make an improper turn, that too is considered evidence of impairment. The requirements for a proper turn can be confusing. The manual states the following: “When you turn, keep your front foot on the line, and turn by taking a series of small steps with the other foot.” If the turn is not executed correctly, that is evidence of impairment according to the manual. Also, if the person taking the test extends his or her arms for balance, that is considered to be a sign of impairment.

Stand On One Leg

The third test is the one leg stand test. This test requires the suspect to stand on one leg and raise the other foot approximately six inches while keeping the raised foot parallel to the ground. At the same time, the suspect is to count out loud. The test lasts thirty seconds. Swaying, putting your foot down, or using your arms for balance are all considered evidence of impairment. The flaws in this test are readily apparent. Obviously, some people are not going to have the stamina to stand on one leg for thirty seconds. Also, the test is conducted by the roadside; any slope on the shoulder of the road can cause a person to lose balance or sway. Moreover, an inner ear infection or other health related issues can affect the test.

Preliminary Breath Test

Another test that may be used is a preliminary breath test. You do have the right to refuse the preliminary breath test without a penalty being imposed. The results of the preliminary breath test cannot be used against you in court. However, the results of the preliminary test can be used to establish probable cause for an arrest.

Evidence In Court

The Washington’s roadside sobriety tests are important for two reasons. First, they can be used to establish probable cause for an arrest. All of the tests, except the preliminary breath test, can be introduced as evidence against you in court. Also, the police officer’s observations can be admitted as evidence in court. For example, police reports typically state that the driver had bloodshot eyes, a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and stumbled. Experienced attorneys can tell you how often they have seen police reports that cited a strong odor of alcohol and slurred speech, but when the test results came back, no alcohol was detected.

Lab Test

Once an arrest is made, the person arrested can be transported to a station or clinic where additional tests can be performed. The State of Washington is an implied consent state. Implied consent means by driving on the roads and streets of Washington, you give consent to a breath test or a sample of your blood being drawn. That being said, you can refuse to take the tests, but your driver’s license can be suspended. Moreover, the Washington statutes give police the authority to seek a warrant to allow a blood sample to be drawn. If arrested for a DUI, you can have additional tests performed by a person of your choice who is certified to conduct the test.

The breathalyzer and blood analysis are the typical tests used in the State of Washington to measure blood alcohol level and the presence of other intoxicating substances. A blood alcohol level of .08 and higher is defined as legally impaired for people over the age of 21 operating a private vehicle. For those under the age of 21, a reading of .02 and higher is defined as driving under the influence. A THC level of .05 and higher is the legal limit for people over the age of 21. For those under the age of 21, there is a zero tolerance level for the presence of THC.


Tacoma DUI Lawyers on the Rising Blood Alcohol Defense

Monday, April 4th, 2016

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Tacoma DUI Lawyers police carContrary to common perception, an arrest for DUI need not automatically lead to a guilty plea or conviction. Depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, an experienced DUI attorney Tacoma can explore a number of possible defenses that may create doubt as to the viability of the prosecution’s case.

Blood Alcohol Level at Time of Driving vs. at the Time of Testing

The law proscribes operating a motor vehicle with a BAC greater than 0.08 percent. One problem in making that determination is that a chemical test to measure the BAC of a DUI suspect is taken some time after, often quite some time after, that individual was actually driving. The prosecution’s case largely depends on using the chemical test results to relate back to when the driver was behind the wheel.

Absorption and Elimination of Alcohol

Science has shown that once alcohol is ingested, the person’s alcohol level rises as alcohol passes through the digestive tract to the blood system. Subsequently, the alcohol level decreases as the alcohol is broken down by the liver. When alcohol levels are rising, an individual is in the absorption phase; when alcohol levels are falling, this is considered the elimination phase.

Crafting a DUI Defense

If a DUI test was administered during a suspect’s rising phase, it may be possible to make the argument that the driver’s alcohol level at the time of driving was actually lower than the BAC showed at the time of the chemical test.

Other Considerations

A rising blood alcohol defense depends on the proof of other facts as well. Typically, evidence that the driver had consumed alcohol shortly before driving and performed relatively well on any field sobriety tests that were administered reinforces this defense.

Contact Tacoma DUI Lawyers for Legal Advice

A rising blood alcohol defense is but one option an experienced DUI lawyer has at his or her disposal. For an evaluation of the particular circumstances in your DUI case and an examination of potential options, call Greene & Lloyd PLLC, Tacoma DUI lawyers, at (253) 770-0808.


What Will Happen If I’m Arrested? Our Tacoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Explain

Monday, March 28th, 2016

For criminal defendants, their journey through the criminal justice system begins the moment they are arrested. In order to make your case go as smoothly as possible, you should be represented by Tacoma criminal defense lawyers during all stages of your case from the initial arrest up through the subsequent trial.

Contact Tacoma Criminal Defense Lawyers

To learn more about your rights, contact the Tacoma criminal defense lawyers from Greene & Lloyd, PLLC at (253) 770-0808.


Why You Need A DUI Defense Lawyer

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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If you have been charged with DUI, a Pierce County DUI lawyer may prove the difference between you facing severe criminal penalties or obtaining an acquittal. From the time of your arrest until the day of your trial, your Pierce County DUI lawyer can take responsibility for a variety of tasks associated with defending your case, including the following:

  • Evidence Collection: After you are charged, your Pierce County DUI lawyer will be able to obtain the results of any breathalyzer or blood tests to which you submitted and to request copies of any police reports associated with your arrest. Additionally, he or she can identify key eye witnesses and expert witnesses who may be able to assist your defense.
  • Representation at Court Hearings: When you are charged with DUI, the court sets various hearings that you are obligated to attend. Many DUI defendants are unfamiliar with criminal court proceedings. They are unsure where to go, how to dress, how to prepare, and how to interact with a judge. If you are represented by a lawyer, he or she will have the right to attend court hearings and speak on your behalf. In addition to reducing your stress by handling the hearings, your Pierce County DUI lawyer will be in a position to ensure your defense is preserved as the case moves toward trial.
  • Representation at Trial: DUI trials can be long and complex proceedings. Often, trials involve highly scientific expert testimony and data and complex legal theories. Almost all trials involve at least some witness testimony. Your lawyer will be able to try your case on your behalf. He or she will participate in the jury selection process, make an opening statement, examine and cross-examine witnesses, submit documentary evidence, and make a closing statement to the jury. Additionally, he or she will object to improper evidence offered by the prosecution and evaluate whether any grounds exist to appeal an unfavorable verdict.

Contact a Pierce County DUI Lawyer

For a free consultation with an experienced Pierce County DUI lawyer, please contact Greene & Lloyd, PLLC at (253) 770-0808


How a Tacoma DUI Attorney Can Help You with Deciding to Testify

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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Tacoma DUI AttorneyA Tacoma DUI attorney can help in many ways as you proceed with your trial, such as helping you decide if you want to testify. The decision of whether or not you should testify at your trial is not easy and requires weighing several factors. You cannot be compelled to testify, but if you do choose to do so, the prosecutor is allowed to cross-examine you. This alone is a reason why it may not be a good idea to testify. However, the jurors will want to hear what you have to say about what happened. While the court does instruct the jury on the presumption of innocence, meaning the judge will tell the jurors that they are not legally allowed to draw conclusions about you based on your failure to testify, it still affects jurors. Failing to testify may damage your case just as much as choosing to speak up. Your Tacoma DUI Attorney may be able to help you decide if you should testify in your specific circumstances.

Why Jurors Want to Hear What You Have to Say

Testifying may seem dangerous to your case, but jurors do want to hear from you. They may want to know why police officers claim to have seen symptoms of intoxication. They may want to know why the breathalyzer or blood test results seem to show you were in excess of the legal limit. The defendant is often the only witness who can testify at the DUI trial about everything that happened before, during and after the arrest. However, there are also some possible consequences if you choose to testify.

Possible Ramifications

There are several possible legal ramifications if you testify. For example, the case may come down to your word against the police officer’s word. The case may come down to what the defendant says versus what the breathalyzer machine says, which jurors may be hesitant to doubt. In some jurisdictions, the defense counsel is not able to make an opening statement of he or she does not choose to present any evidence. Keep in mind that expert testimony may be necessary to give meaning to your testimony. For example, how can the jury know there is a conflict in the evidence if you testify that you had four beers over three hours while the test result shows a level of .15? Only an expert is able to testify that this consumption pattern would not push someone over the legal limit. Otherwise the jurors may believe that that consumption pattern would indeed result in a person being over the legal limit.

Contact a Tacoma DUI Attorney

For more information, contact Greene & Lloyd, PLLC at (253) 770-0808 to speak with a Tacoma DUI attorney today.


Our Tacoma DUI Attorney Discusses the Proper Administration of the Nystagmus Test

Monday, September 14th, 2015

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beer with keys Tacoma DUI Attorney A Tacoma DUI attorney oftentimes is called upon to explain different roadside sobriety tests to their clients and what these examinations mean. One of the roadside examinations law enforcement officers require a person suspected of DUI to take is called the nystagmus test. Simply put, nystagmus is a raid and involuntary movement of the eye. At its essence, the nystagmus is an examination of a suspect’s ability to follow a stimulus presented in front of his or her eyes. For example, if you are requested to take a nystagmus test, you may be asked to follow the movement of a pen placed in front of your eyes – moving only your eyes to do so. Similarly, if you are the test administrator, this is a tactic that might be employed by you. A proper technique exists to administer the nystagmus test. In order to ensure the accuracy of test results, it is important to keep these steps in mind when preparing to administer and when actually administering the nystagmus test. Failure to administer roadside tests properly can result in objections in court from a Tacoma DUI attorney.

Pre-Test Steps

If the suspect is wearing glasses, they must be removed. The suspect must stand with feet together and arms at the sides. The suspect is instructed to remain still during the test and to use only the eyes to follow the moving stimulus, the pen, for example.

Administering the Nystagmus Test

The stimulus (pen in our example) is placed in front of the suspect’s eyes, 12 to 25 inches from the nose and slightly above eye level. The suspect is instructed to follow the movement of the stimulus object until told to stop doing so. The object is then moved from side to side and up and done in front of the suspect’s eyes.

Evaluating the Nystagmus Test

During the test, the examiner evaluates pupil size, smooth movement and tracking of the stimulus. Most significantly, the tester makes note of the onset of the involuntary eye movement called at nystagmus. This is done with both the horizontal and vertical components of the test. The tester is provided with a score sheet to assist in evaluating the results of the test. A Tacoma DUI attorney will always be concerned with the proper administration of the test.

Contact a Tacoma DUI Attorney

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, contact the law offices of Greene & Lloyd, PLLC at 253-770-0808 to schedule an appointment with a Tacoma DUI attorney.


Our Tacoma DUI Attorney Describes DUI/DWI Penalties

Monday, September 7th, 2015

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drink and gavel and keys Tacoma DUI AttorneyA Tacoma DUI attorney may be able to provide assistance if you have been charged with driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence. In either case, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you are determined to be guilty, whether through a plea as a defendant or after a trial by jury, your penalty depends on state law as well as whether there were aggravating circumstances. Your cooperation with the police also significantly determines the penalties you face.

Jail Time

The first-offense DUI or DWI is classified as a misdemeanor in all states and punishable by no more than six months in jail. Under certain circumstances, a first-offense DUI or DWI may result in more than six months in jail, but only if the offense meets certain criteria. If your blood-alcohol content was particularly high, you may face an increased sentence. It is common for many states to require a minimum jail sentence of several days on a first offense. Further offenses may result in jail time of several months to one year. If your DUI or DWI has been classified as a felony offense, whether because someone else was killed or injured or because it was your third or fourth offense, you will likely face a jail sentence of several years. State law varies in this regard and heavily considers the individual facts of the case as well as the judge’s discretion. Your Tacoma DUI attorney may be able to help you determine the penalties in your state.

Fines

Fines for a DUI or DWI can range from $500 to $2,000. These fines may be imposed on top of a jail sentence or other punitive action.

Driver’s License Revocation

You are likely to lose your driver’s license or have your license suspended for a significant period of time after a DUI or DWI charge for which you are found guilty. Many states suspend a first-time offender’s license for 90 days, a second-time offender’s license for one year and a third-time offender’s license for three years. If you refuse to take a breath, blood or urine test, you may have your license suspended regardless of whether you were found guilty. Some steps further ensure that a repeat offender is not allowed back on the road by confiscating a car or canceling the registration. Other states require that an ignition interlock device is attacked to the offender’s vehicle. This device makes it necessary for small handheld alcohol sensor units to be attached to the car’s dashboard. When the driver gets behind the wheel, he must blow into the sensor unit to have his blood-alcohol tested. If the blood-alcohol level is above a certain percentage, the vehicle will not start.

Alternative Forms of Punishment

Many states impose court sentences that include educational teaching and prevention programs. These programs are designed to educate about alcohol abuse, assess possible addiction and dependency issues and facilitate community service as well as victim restitution. Judges may recommend such programs rather than jail time or fines, especially if you are a first-time offender. Other judges may combine such steps with other penalties, including jail time and fines.

Young Offenders

Any minor who is arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is likely to be tried the same if not more harshly than an adult. Because the legal drinking age is 21 in most areas, drinking before the age of majority is considered a crime in addition to driving under the influence. Some states have a penalty for underage drivers that is based on a standard much lower than the typical 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level for adults. Minors may face adult sentences and have their licenses suspended for an entire year.

Additional Consequences

In addition to the legal consequences you may face if you are convicted of a DUI or DWI charge, your insurance company may cancel your car insurance policy or significantly raise your premiums because of the change in your driving record. A drunk driving charge remains on your record for years to come, so this can have long-term financial consequences. If your driver’s license is suspended, you are likely to have your policy canceled as well. There are multiple jobs that will not allow someone who has obtained a DUI or DWI to apply to as well, including most vehicle-related jobs. You may also face a civil lawsuit in addition to any criminal penalties you incur.

Contact a Tacoma DUI Attorney

Call Greene & Lloyd, PLLC today (253) 770-0808 for a Tacoma DUI attorney you can trust to help you navigate the process.


Tacoma DUI Attorney and DUI Expungement

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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drinks and keys Tacoma DUI AttorneyAs your Tacoma DUI attorney will tell you, being convicted of a DUI (Driving while under the Influence) can severely impact your life. A DUI conviction can negatively impact your life by not being able to secure a job, rent an apartment, get a student loan, and other various parts of your life. Depending on your state, you may be eligible to have you record expunged of your DUI conviction. Check with your Tacoma DUI attorney to see if you may be eligible for expunging it off of your record. While some other states may not allow the record to be expunged, they may allow other alternatives which you can benefit from. The following information from your Tacoma DUI attorney will help you to understand what an expungement is and who it may benefit. If you have any further questions, schedule a consultation with your Tacoma DUI attorney.

What Is an Expungement?

An expungement is is essentially when your DUI conviction gets set aside from your record. The DUI conviction can still be held against you as a prior conviction, however it will not be visible to others such as creditors, those doing a background check, educational institutions, and employers. Your DUI conviction will effectively be sealed to anyone outside of the criminal justice system.

Can Any DUI Be Expunged from My Record?

The laws of expunging criminal records can vary from state-to-state. However, it is typical that only a first time DUI offense will be eligible for expungement. The court will be the one that decides if you will be qualified to have your DUI conviction expunged from your record.

Juvenile Expungement

There are usually special rules that apply for juvenile offenders. These laws can vary from state-to-state, sometimes even in different counties.

Will the Expungement Impact My Suspended Driver’s License?

If you qualify for an expungement of your DUI conviction, it will have no effect on your status with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Whatever the status is of your driving privileges will remain the same even after a record expungement.

Examples of an Expungement

Depending on the state you were convicted in, you may be able to file a petition with the court to have the charges expunged from your record. In some states you may even be able to have a felony DUI conviction expunged from your record. You will have to complete any court ordered programs, such as probation, before you are able to qualify for an expungement. In other states, the DUI conviction will only be eligible for expungement if the case was dismissed by the court, the charges were dropped, or if you were found to be not guilty of the charges against you. These states will also allow any potential employers to know about your DUI conviction, even if it was expunged successfully from your criminal record.

Consult with a Tacoma DUI Attorney

A skilled DUI attorney can help you examine your case to figure out if your conviction would qualify for an expungement. For help from an experienced professional, contact your Tacoma DUI attorney today from Greene & Lloyd, PLLC at (253) 770-0808. Greene & Lloyd, PLLC has the Tacoma DUI attorney who will help you fight for your rights in your DUI case.


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