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State of the Law
Under Missouri law certain offenses may be expunged following a period of good behavior without additional convictions. If all prerequisites are met it is currently possible to expunge a Missouri DWI including all records of criminal conviction, arrest records, and driving records. The effect of such order shall be to restore such person to the status he or she occupied prior to such arrest, plea or conviction as if such event had never taken place. See 610.130 RSMo.
In order to receive an expungement a petition must be filed in the original court of conviction. Following such filing, the matter must be set for an evidentiary hearing at which evidence will be presented. If all prerequisites are met, a judgment expunging the prior conviction and/or plea will be entered. A skilled attorney can be crucial in properly drafting the petition and presenting evidence during the expungement hearing.
Prerequisites for Expungement
In order to be granted an expungement of a prior DWI, a person must meet the following prerequisites:
- It has been at least ten (10) years since the date of plea and/or conviction; and
- The offense to be expunged is a first and only plea and/or conviction for an alcohol-related driving charge (DWI, etc); and
- The offense was not committed while operating a commercial motor vehicle, and the person does not currently hold a commercial motor vehicle license; and
- The person has no other alcohol-related driving charges or alcohol-related enforcement actions pending at the time of the hearing.
Your Legal Rights!
Remember: You have a right to the assistance of an attorney to expunge your prior DWI! An experienced attorney will be able to determine:
- Whether you qualify for a DWI expungement;
- In what court or jurisdiction to file for expungement;
- What documentation will be required, and how to properly certify such documentation;
- What allegations must be stated in the petition, and what evidence must be adduced at hearing.
Attorneys at Cline, Braddock & Basinger are ready to assist you. It is our hope that you find these materials useful. When you are ready, contact our offices to schedule a free appointment!