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Can I get an SIS expunged from my record sooner than 10 years after the offense?

Saint Louis, MO |

I am graduating from nursing school soon & will be applying for jobs & I really can't stand the thought of losing job opportunities because I have to say I pled guilty to my dumb mistake-DWI. Especially since I probably do better things for man kind than a lot of non-criminals out there. Also, my lawyer at the time said that even when my record is expunged in 10 years I will still have to report my SIS & that I pled guilty to a misdemeanor on job applications because the medical field has a more extensive background check than most professions (like the record the judge will pull up to use against me if I ever do anything criminal ever again). Is this true? It's so unfair that one mistake in your life could cost you everything for the rest of your life & theres nothing that can ever fix it

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Expungement is not quite right in your situation as you technically do not have a conviction (as a plea resulting in an SIS is not a conviction). There are some considerations regarding licensure and employment issues. There are also some issues that could impact your driving license in the future that you should consider. You should contact an attorney who can advise you on what you must report versus what you do not need to, as well as what your options are with respect to your record and your license.

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The law regarding expungement has not changed. You can get a 1st time DWI expunged, but only after 10 years have passed, and only if you have had no other misdemeanors or felonies during that 10-year period.

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Andrea R. Rogers

Andrea R. Rogers


Mr. Newton is correct, in that you can get a 1st time DWI conviction expunged but there is no way to expunge the record of the SIS. You pleaded guilty to the original DWI charge in exchange for a suspended imposition of sentence. Therefore, there was no conviction, so there is nothing to expunge. It is possible to get the record of an arrest expunged, but only if you were arrested based on false information, but that does not apply in your case.

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