Do DUI Charges Ever Disappear Get Lessened or Dismissed?
Interviewer: After a DUI case is resolved, how can a person get his or her life back to normal?
Ellis: It depends, obviously, on the results of the case. If we get the person into the ARD program, the most important thing you can do once the charges are dropped is file for expungement of the charges.
A lot of people think, “Oh, the case was dismissed. I do not have a criminal record.” That could not be further from the truth. There is always going to be fingerprints, a mug shot and a court record of it until we go to court and ask for expungement.
Typically, it is granted if you are given the first time offender program. Now if you go to jail, that sticks with you your whole life. It is very difficult to get that off your record. So, there are long reaching effects if you are convicted of this.
NO JAIL TIME
Commonwealth v. "H" (DUI case)
Client was charged with three separate DUI cases calling for mandatory minimum imprisonment of 90 days on each case. Client was advised to seek immediate intensive alcohol counseling. Client was sentenced to 1 year of house arrest after serving 3 days in the county prison.
Commonwealth v. "C" (Felony drug/Firearms case)
Client was charged with felony Delivery of drugs and illegal gun possession and was facing a mandatory 3-6 year prison sentence in the State prison system. Client was sentenced to one year of house arrest.
Commonwealth v. "S"
Client was charged with simple assault, domestic. After a hearing where evidence and testimony was presented, the entire case was dismissed by Judge Leonard Brown.
State of New Jersey v. "H"
Charges for young man charged with second degree aggravated assault were downgraded to third degree and he was accepted into the County Pretrial Intervention program with charges to be dismissed and record expunged after one year of misconduct free behavior.
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