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I had a DUI in 1995 and got another one in 2009. How can I go about getting my DUI(s) expunged?

Warner Robins, GA |

I had legal representation for both cases, but more importantly, I'm pretty sure that the 2009 DUI was actually treated as a 1st offense. Being as such, is it possible to have my most recent DUI expunged? It was proceeded in the State Courts of Georgia.

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I am sorry, but even the new Georgia law in expungement does not allow those convictions to be expunged. They will be in your record forever. You may wish to speak with a lawyer who handles pardons.



Thank you Zachary. Can you possibly help me out with a brief explanation of what a "pardon" is? Basically, I know that it is hindering my ability to be hired. When conducting background checks, what is the difference between a DUI that has been pardoned and one that is not? Thanks in advance.


I agree with Mr. Proctor about not being able to expunge either case. As to your question about a pardon, you have to apply with the governor's office, and very few are granted.

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Nope. DUI's don't get expunged.

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If you were convicted, or plead, to anything at all (the DUI, a reduced charge, the underlying offense) then you cannot expunge the arrest. Georgia has some of the harshest, if not the harshest, expungement laws in the country.

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In Virginia, I can tell you that a conviction would almost always result in no possibility for expungement. I have found a link for you to a site with Georgia Expungement information. I hope it helps. Good luck.

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