If you were convicted of driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, you might be concerned about whether a DUI will appear on a driver’s abstract. The short answer is yes, and the conviction remains on your driving record permanently unless it is expunged (removed) or given limited access relief. However, being charged with a DUI does not necessarily have to result in a conviction. You do have options and legal rights.
In this guide, we look at the impact of a DUI on your driver’s abstract and explore different ways to mitigate or remove the adverse effects of a DUI offense on your finances and future.
How Will A DUI Conviction on My License Affect Me?
Aside from the criminal penalties and license suspension, a DUI conviction on your record can have negative effects in other areas of your life, which can include:
- Difficulties obtaining auto insurance and higher premium costs.
- Potential revocation of an employment-related professional license.
- DUI convictions stay on your criminal history report permanently unless expunged, which can affect your employment opportunities.
- Background checks can also be triggered if you apply for loans, college financial aid, and mortgage or housing applications.
- A DUI conviction could affect your professional relationship with your employer and coworkers.
- A DUI conviction can negatively impact access to higher education courses or scholarships.
- The hassle and cost of using an ignition interlock device every time you drive.
- Your right to have custody of your children.
- Multiple DUI convictions can result in you being unable to purchase or carry a firearm.
Hiring a DUI defense lawyer can be beneficial in mitigating these consequences. They have the experience and knowledge required to review your case, determine its strengths and weaknesses, and formulate an appropriate defense strategy.
How Can a DUI Be Expunged From My Record?
Some circumstances may allow for the removal of a DUI from your record, including:
- You have completed the accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program. This results in a dismissal of your charges before a conviction. You must apply to the program, complete its requirements, perform community service, and sometimes make restitution to victims.
- You can have any DUI removed from your record that was dismissed prior to or after trial.
- You could be granted limited access status, so law enforcement and state agencies are the only authorities with access. An attorney can help you meet the requirements under Pennsylvania Statute § 9122.
How Does A DUI Lawyer Help If I’m Arrested or Charged With A DUI?
Before pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge, it is vital that you understand your rights and options. For example, hiring legal representation quickly can be beneficial as a lawyer protects your rights and advises about what to say (or not to say) during initial police interviews. This could positively influence the outcome of your case and the charges you face. Other benefits of hiring a DUI defense attorney can include the following:
- Help restoring your driving privileges, so you can continue working or taking your children to school
- Access to legal counsel with an in-depth knowledge of DUI laws and defenses
- A DUI lawyer who is fighting for your future, such as a better plea bargain or dismissal of your charges
- A defense lawyer who can appear in court on your behalf, so you do not have to miss work
- Help navigating the legal system, resulting in less time in court, saving you time and money
- Peace of mind that your case is being managed professionally and efficiently
- Help applying to have a DUI conviction expunged from your record or granted limited access relief
Our Clients Testify to the Benefits of Working With Our Firm
With so much at stake, finding a lawyer with the right experience to defend your case is essential. Perhaps the best way to get a feel for what we can do for you comes from our prior clients, who attest to our work, efforts, and results below:
“David works magic. He managed to get my DUI from a second offense down to a first offense. I could have been serving three months in jail but managed to avoid that because of David. He is very reliable and responds promptly. Would highly recommend him to anyone.” – Corinne D’Angelo
“Had an employee go through a rough patch while out in Pennsylvania. He was out there for business and caught a serious felony DUI with a major accident. McKenzie Law Firm really came through! Thank you for your professionalism and getting our team member back on track.” – Andrew Sterling
Secure Your Criminal Defense Attorney From McKenzie Law Firm, P.C.
The team at the McKenzie Law Firm P.C. understands the pressure and challenges our clients experience when facing charges for a DUI. We are here to defend you and mitigate the negative impacts on your driving privileges, employment, lifestyle, and reputation.
Our defense lawyer will fight for the best outcome for you, whatever your circumstances, including getting your DUI dismissed or having the conviction expunged from your record. You do not have to face this difficult situation alone. Call us to learn more about your legal options during a confidential consultation today.