St. Louis DWI/ DUI Expungement Lawyer
A DWI arrest will remain on your record permanently unless you take action to have it removed. Most people do not realize that even an arrest that did not lead to a conviction will stay on your criminal record and may be visible to prospective employers, lenders and schools. Even if you received an SIS (Suspended Imposition of Sentence), it is still necessary to file for an expungement!
The good news is than a DWI arrest is one of the very few crimes that are eligible for expungement in Missouri. Expungment is the court-ordered removal of all official records of an individual’s arrest, plea, trial, and conviction. The effect of an expungement is to restore a person’s legal status to that which he/she had before the arrest. Basically, it is as if the incident never happened.
Missouri DWI expungement (Missouri DWI removal) requires a court action in which a judge determines whether you are eligible and then issues an order requiring that the offense be removed from your permanent record. The criteria that a person must meet in order to be eligible for a DWI expungement is very narrow and it is important to consult with an experienced DWI expungement lawyer who understands the law and can get quickly tell you whether you qualify.
A first-time alcohol-related Missouri driving offense, such as a first-time misdemeanor DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) or MIP (Minor in Possession) can be expunged (removed) from your record if the incident occurred at least 10 years ago, and as long as you have not had any other alcohol-related offenses during that time. Your application for expungement must be filed in the Circuit Court for the county where you pleaded guilty or were sentenced.
There are other limitations which may make you ineligible for an expungement of your DWI or DUI (such as if you were convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol). To speak with an attorney about having your DWI expunged from your record call (636) 229-4999.