Facing drunk driving charges can be confusing and frustrating. In addition to the lengthy court process, you may find yourself with limitations on your driving privileges, making it difficult to live your life.
If you are convicted of a DUI, you could also face other consequences since a DUI can mean you have a criminal record. A criminal charge could mean that you face other limitations, too.
Here’s what you should know about getting a DUI expunged and when it is an option in Maryland.
Maryland takes drunk driving charges seriously. If you are found guilty, you will not be eligible for expungement.
Depending on the details of your case, you could have the option of entering a guilty plea with the result of a probation before judgment (PBJ) disposition. While some criminal matters allow for expungement of a PBJ, a DUI does not allow for expungement after a PBJ disposition.
There are some exceptions
Navigating the process of dealing with a DUI can come with many unfamiliar legal terms. However, it is essential to understand them to know the potential consequences. Some DUI outcomes could allow for you to have the DUI expunged from your record, including:
- Acquittal. A finding by a judge that there is not enough evidence to support a conviction.
- Stet. A conditional stay that can postpone the trial indefinitely.
- Not guilty
- Nolle prosequi. The State Attorney makes a formal motion that they will not proceed in prosecuting the charges.
There are specific requirements for getting your record expunged, so it is essential to understand when you qualify and how you should move forward.