Get Your California DUI Expunged

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A DUI conviction in California can mean severe consequences for life. However, an experienced DUI attorney in San Diego can help you get your DUI conviction wiped off your record.

Benefits of DUI Expungement

  • Your conviction doesn’t show up on background checks for job and loan applications.
  • You can qualify for professional licenses and professional organizations hassle-free.
  • You are no longer burdened with the stigma of a criminal record.

3 Steps to DUI Expungement

#1 Check Your Eligibility

You can petition the court to remove DUI off your record, if you –

  • did not serve time in state prison as part of your sentence
  • are not currently being charged with any other crime in California
  • have completed all of your sentence requirements, including paying all fines and fees and completing mandatory classes and community service and your DUI probationary term

#2 Understand the Process

Once you filed the necessary paperwork with the court, your case will be reviewed by a judge. If the judge grants your request, you will have to withdraw your plea of guilty and re-enter a not-guilty plea. Your case is dismissed.

DUI expungement process may vary from county to county. In California, the average time from filing papers with the court to the time your dismissal is granted, is about 6-12 weeks.

Remember that –

  • A DUI expungement will not overturn the period of your driver’s license suspension or revocation
  • A DUI is a “priorable” offense in California – DUI penalties increase with every DUI conviction you get within a ten-year period. That means, if your conviction is expunged but you are convicted of another DUI, you may be get harsher penalties with a second-time DUI.

#3 Seek A DUI Attorney

A DUI dismissal is dependent on the specific circumstances as well as your judge. It is critical to present a strong case to the court that you deserve to have your conviction wiped off your record. Hence, it would be wiser to seek an experienced DUI lawyer who can help you with the California law and enable you to get your DUI expunged from your record!

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Kerry L. Armstrong


Attorney Kerry Armstrong opened up his law firm in June 2007. Mr. Armstrong attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, and received his B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University. Kerry L. Armstrong became certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization for criminal law in August 2020, making him one of the few criminal defense attorneys with a criminal law legal specialization certificate in San Diego County.  Between 2014 – 2019, Mr. Armstrong was selected for inclusion in the California Super Lawyers list, an honor only awarded to 5% of the nation’s attorneys.

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