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Is expungement of a DUI ever possible in Georgia?

On Behalf of | Dec 29, 2020 | College Student Criminal Defense

If you are accused of driving while intoxicated when you’re in college, you may face a college DUI. It’s necessary to fight that DUI, because a DUI can have lasting consequences. It could affect your school loans, scholarships, work, career prospects and more.

If you do end up with a DUI despite fighting it, something you should know is that it may be possible to clear your record of the DUI depending on your age and the circumstances. Keep in mind that it may take a very long time to clear your record.

What happens if you get a DUI?

If you get a DUI, you will likely have your license suspended right away. The length of time you’ll lose your license will depend on various factors such as if you refused the Breathalyzer test or if it was an aggravated offense. Usually, first-time offenders lose their license for around 120 days. During that time, most drivers can get a limited driver’s license, which will allow them to go to school, work and home.

Can you get the DUI expunged?

Technically, Georgia’s laws do not allow for expungement. However, if your attorney works with you on the case and can get the DUI charge dismissed or have it go without prosecution, it might be able to be argued that the DUI should not be on your record.

If you are under the age of 21 when you get a DUI, it may also be possible to have your record sealed. Similarly, if the DUI happened in another state, that may open up the possibility of expungement. It’s a good idea to talk to your attorney, because while expungement isn’t common, there are always exceptions to the rule.