DUI arrest records are detriments on permanent records. The conviction records associated with the DUI are freely available to any interested parties who inquire about them. Along with all types of criminal conviction records, DUI charges are included in a criminal background check. Potential employers, schools and prospective landlords may request these checks. In addition to conviction records, prospective employers and schools also request the individual's arrest records. There are many companies online that retrieve public records for a fee. They usually offer several different packages. Each one features different bits of information.
Individuals who want to retrieve their own DUI arrest records may do so without paying a fee. The best place to start is at the courthouse in the district where the DUI charge was filed. Most district courts have one or more computers available for the public to use. They're regularly updated with current criminal conviction charges. Ask for permission to use a computer, read the tutorial for using the search system and complete a search. Most courts allow people to print the records they're looking for. However, there may be a charge assessed for printing.
After finding individual DUI arrest records, the next step is finding a good attorney who specializes in clearing DUI convictions. Don't hire an attorney who doesn't have experience and a proven record of success in clearing DUIs. Make sure the legal professional is registered with the American Bar Association. While they're rare, scam operations posing as attorney groups who clear DUIs do exist. If the DUI is recent enough, an appeal may be possible. If this isn't feasible, ask an attorney how much time must lapse before a DUI can be cleared. Not every state allows clearing of DUIs, so it's important to ask a lawyer if this is possible.
To save time and money, give the chosen attorney the printed DUI arrest records. Go to the local DMV office and ask for copies of individual driving records. If the attorney must retrieve the records, they may charge for their assistant's time, travel and expenses. The attorney will collect further information to determine what options are available. The lawyer may suggest expunging the DUI. Another option for expunging records is to hire a private company that employs specialists in this area. Use these companies with caution. While their price offerings may seem more attractive, they're usually equal to an attorney's fees when the case's costs are totaled upon completion. Always attempt to obtain DUI arrest records from a courthouse before requesting and paying for them online.