Virginia is very hard on drunk driving, making it nearly impossible to eliminate the charge from your record once you have a conviction. Did you know that it's not possible to get an expungement in Virginia unless you get a full pardon? Yes, it's the reality for many people that the conviction will never be gone.
One thing to keep in mind is that you could have your record sealed if you only are arrested or charged for a DUI. In that case, there is a time frame set. Once it passes, you can apply to have the record sealed, helping you eliminate the charge from the public eye.
When is a record able to be sealed?
It's at the discretion of the court. The court needs to see that allowing the arrest or charges to remain on your record would lead to injustice. For instance, if you're unable to find work in your area because of the arrest on your record, you may be able to seek help through the courts.
What should you do to make sure this charge or arrest doesn't impact you for life?
Immediately upon an arrest, it's in your best interests to begin the process of defending yourself. You don't want to let this charge get to the point of a conviction, because a conviction is nearly impossible to eliminate from your record.
It's a good idea to learn more about expungement and how to seal records. Our website has information on the steps you can take to protect yourself if you're charged with a DWI.