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Can a DUI Conviction in Arizona Be Expunged?

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Jun 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

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Aside from the harsh penalties including jail, significant fines, a driver's license suspension and mandatory classes, a DUI conviction could also cause difficulties far into the future.  Specifically, government agencies, insurance companies, potential employers and creditors all have the ability to perform a background check when considering your application for a professional license, jobs, housing, mortgages, etc.  Consequently, it's extremely important to  take whatever action might be available to remedy the negative consequences associated with a DUI charge.

A DUI Conviction Can Stay On Your Record Forever

The State of Arizona treats DUI charges and convictions very seriously.  Not only will a conviction become part of your criminal history, a DUI charge and associated license suspension will also result in a permanent mark on your driver's license.  This could cause problems when applying for employment, attempting to obtain a specialized driver's license or securing automobile insurance.  Additionally, prosecutors are able to examine your driver's license and criminal history to determine if you have previously been convicted of DUI.  Any prior DUI conviction, and especially those within the last seven years of a current offense, can be used to increase the punishments you might face. 

Does Arizona Permit DUI Convictions To Be Expunged?

Some states allow DUI and other criminal convictions to be expunged.  When a conviction is expunged, the records are completely destroyed.  This means that it can no longer be viewed or accessed by any law enforcement agency or private party such as an employer, insurance company, etc.  Other than marijuana possession convictions, the State of Arizona does not allow criminal records to be expunged.

DUI Convictions in Arizona Can Be Sealed!!

Beginning in 2023, the State of Arizona enacted a law which provided relief to people who have previously been convicted of DUI and other criminal offenses.  Specifically, records related to a DUI charge or conviction can now be sealed.  Once a conviction is sealed, it cannot be viewed by a member of the public, employer, creditor, housing complex manager, etc.  Moreover, you can answer "no" to any questions on a job application or when applying for housing or credit if asked about convictions that have been sealed.  The only agencies which will be aware of, and have access to sealed charges or convictions are those associated with law enforcement such as a prosecutor's office, local police or Department of Public Safety.    

What Are the Requirements to Seal a DUI Charge or Conviction?

DUI arrests, charges or convictions are eligible to be sealed as long as certain requirements are satisfied.  If you've been arrested for DUI and were later acquitted at trial or if charges were dismissed or not filed by the prosecutor, records related to your arrest can be sealed immediately.

If you were convicted of a DUI, the conviction can be sealed as long as:

  1. You Have Completed All Terms of Your Sentence
  2. The Required Waiting Period Has Expired.   Most DUI's result in class one misdemeanor convictions.  Consequently, you must wait three years after you've resolved your case to apply for and have your conviction sealed.

Call (480) 833-8613 TO Have Your DUI Sealed

Certainly, having an arrest, charge or conviction sealed will result in many long term benefits.  This includes the ability to obtain housing, employment, financial aid for education and loans for cars, homes, etc.  Moreover, individuals are also able to restore important civil rights which may have been forfeited following a conviction.  Attorney, Raymond Kimble has been practicing criminal defense for nearly twenty five years and can aid in having DUI and other criminal convictions sealed throughout Maricopa and Pinal Counties.

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Raymond Kimble

About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.

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