If you have been arrested for DUI in Tampa, or anywhere else in Florida, a DUI charge does not have the same ranking as a traffic ticket. You should never think that it is a mere traffic citation. A DUI conviction can have far deeper effects on your life than, for example, a speeding ticket. It can remain on your record for 75 years, which would probably be the rest of your life.
The most important thing is that you will have landed yourself with a criminal record. Florida law will not normally allow DUI convictions to be expunged or removed from any criminal record. Because of this obstacle it could cause a problem when a background check is required for employment purposes, for renting a property or to obtain a professional license.
No one wants to employ someone with a criminal conviction. If you are employed in a job with a DUI conviction, the employer will often not give you the same respect as other employees. If a job is not needed any longer, the first person to be dismissed might be the one with the DUI conviction.
A DUI Conviction is Probably Your First Criminal Conviction
If you have been arrested and convicted of DUI, you are probably like most other people who have the same conviction. You are not a criminal in any other way except for DUI. That day, you got into your auto, having drunk one drink over the limit, and you were stopped and found to be DUI.
This is an unfortunate event that could haunt you and your family forever. However, it is possible to get an experienced Tampa DUI lawyer to argue on your behalf to get the conviction expunged off your record. By doing this you do not have to divulge your DUI arrest to anyone else, whatever capacity they are in.
A good Tampa DUI defense attorney can do that for you, and get back your clean record.
Situations When you Could Get Expungement
You have been arrested for DUI but
- no filing of charges took place.
- there was a dropping of charges.
- the charges were dismissed in court
- A DUI charge was filed against you, you pleaded guilty, and were given a withhold of adjudication.
- A DUI charge was filed against you, a no contest was pleaded and you were given a withhold of adjudication.
- you were charged with DUI, a jury found you guilty and you were given a withhold of adjudication.
It is important to get your DUI record expunged, if possible, and the best person to help you if you live in Tampa is a DUI Tampa attorney. Once this has been achieved, your record cannot be viewed by potential employers, by the general public and landlords and any other party who might have an interest in checking your background.
However, your rights to keep your DUI secret does not extend to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as it is permitted to tell specific state and federal agencies if you are applying for employment with them.