Once a person convicted of a DUI in California has finished their sentence, expungement or erasure of the conviction from one's record is the next step. In California, prior convictions can be expunged if the following conditions are met:
1. The probationary period of the conviction is completed.
2. All of the conditions of the probation have been met, i.e. fines paid, jail sentence done, treatment program completed successfully.
3. There are no other pending criminal cases, or criminal cases where probation is still active.
The advantages of expungement is to be able to say "no" to the question of whether you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor when applying for a job. However, expungement does not prevent the State from charging a new DUI as a second offense if within the 10 year period after the first DUI. It also does not preclude admission of a conviction in immigration cases or some licensing applications.If you live in the San Francisco or Bay Area, you should contact a qualified DUI attorney who can explain the process and benefits of expungement.
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