I am a 1st offender, DUI. I got an attorney on my case, the outcome was 3 yrs probation, $1810.00 in court fines, & 4 months t traffic school. I paid my attorneys $2,000. I was stopped at a check point and arrested for DUI. I stayed overnight and released the next morning. I had no priors. I did get a DUI in 1998 and it showed up on my record even though it was expunged. My attorney had me to plea "no contest" in this case. The 2 days work for the Sheriff's Office was dropped.
First, you can expunge your record but that only applies to private employers not the government or a government employer, so if you go for job interview with a government agency, you must disclose it. Second, with regard to the DUI, you don't give enough facts. What was your BAC? Was it blood or breath? If the 2 days of jail was dropped, the attorney saved you 16 hours of picking up trash and you pay for that. If you wanted to go to trial, then you should have paid the attorney for trial, and paid for the expert which runs about $2000 per day, usually only 1 day, and gone to trial usually about 4-5 days in trial. Did you get the breath records, or the blood records? Overall from what you have told us, you did alright.
You seem to have the idea that your prior DUI was erased because you think you had it expunged. Not so. There are no expungements in California, only post-conviction dismissals. And those do not erase the record of the previous offense, they only add a note to the record about the post-conviction dismissal.
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