I was convicted in 2002 of DUI. Can this be expunged if so, what is the process? Do I need a lawyer?
Personal Injury Lawyer
No. Unfortunately you cannot expunge an OVI conviction.
Amanda Ackerman Condon
Piscitelli Law Firm
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DUI / DWI Attorney
Offenses under ORC 4511 are not eligible for expungement.
Chet Palumbo Chet Palumbo, Attorney at Law, LLC 1800 Lyons Rd Dayton OH 45458 (937) 435-8100 www.palumbodefense.com
Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like it. Best of luck.
It's not expungeable and additionally 2953.31(A) makes DUI a prior offense and can therefore disqualify you from having an otherwise eligible offense expunged as well.
More broadly, no traffic offenses can be sealed/expunged under Ohio law. Furthermore, these convictions are shared with other states due to a multi-state compact. This compact went into affect to prevent drivers from having points on their license or having their license suspended and then moving to a new state to get a new "clean" driver's license.
I agree with the other responses. However, depending on the facts of your case, the Court may allow you to withdrawal you plea of guilty, and if that occurs, the Prosecutor may then consider amending the charge to an equipment violation under ORC 4513. In such a situation, the ORC would permit the Court to seal the conviction. Unfortunately, this occurs very very rarely. The Courts typically do take such action with OVI convictions, but if the conviction is limiting you professionally or personally, you may want to contact a local lawyer to investigate whether such a maneuver is possible.
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