Fortunately for individuals convicted of driving under the influence (DUI/DWI) , California law has provisions that allow for expungement (the sealing of criminal records so it is not publicly available) of the conviction. Expungement of California DUI convictions is available for both misdemeanor and felony convictions. However, it is important to note that the type of relief that is available does vary from one case to the next and it depends on the type of charges and the consequences that followed.
“[DUI offender shall]…be permitted by the court to withdraw his or her plea of guilty or plea of nolo contendere and enter a plea of not guilty; or, if he or she has been convicted after a plea of not guilty, the court shall set aside the verdict of guilty; and, in either case, the court shall thereupon dismiss the accusations or information against the defendant and except as noted below, he or she shall thereafter be released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense of which he or she has been convicted, except as provided…”
This section of the California Penal Code provides for the clearing relief for convicted California DUI offenders who have been granted probation after having been convicted by a court of a misdemeanor. California DUI Defense Attorneys may apply for such relief so long as (1) the DUI offender has fulfilled all the conditions of probation or has been discharged before the termination of probation, or (2) if the court in its discretion determines that the probationer should be granted this type of relief.