My son was taken in 4 years ago, when he was 18, for driving under the influence. He blew a .05, they released him. We went to the courthouse to pay the fine and he was given community service. We ran a background check on him today 3/28/13 and it's not on his record. What does this mean?
A minor can do a DUI deferred disposition and the requirements usually include paying a fee, taking a class and doing community service. If completed, the case is dismissed. There may still be administrative records at the court but it is not reported out in terms of background checks. He may have completed the DUI deferred disposition and as a result nothing will show up on a background check.
I agree with some of the other attorneys who answered this question that it *could* could be a deferred disposition. But sometimes class C cases are not reported to DPS even when they result in a conviction. In my opinion, the best thing to do is to hire an attorney to pull and review the court's record. The attorney can advise you regarding the disposition of the case and, if it's eligible, pursue an expunction. For more information about expunction, see this FAQ:
I am not sure. If he was 18 he was not a minor in the eyes of the law. He was an adult. You are not allowed to be placed on a deferred prosecution for a DWI. Therefore, they either gave him some community service in exchange for a dismissal, it was not a DWI charge, or he was granted a pre-trial diversion. You can consult with an attorney if you need any more help.
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