DWI Expungements in New Hampshire
New Hampshire DWI Attorney Representation
Convictions for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in New Hampshire carry
serious consequences including long term license losses, high fines and
jail sentences in subsequent and aggravated offense convictions. More
and more, DWI convictions also result in the stigma attached with both
a criminal record and a history of drug or alcohol abuse. Personal relationships,
employment opportunities and financial independence often suffer as a
consequence of a criminal record. Our New Hampshire DWI lawyers can help
you address those circumstances.
New Hampshire law permits petitions to annul and expunge the record of
an arrest and a conviction under certain circumstances, including in DWI
cases. At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our
NH DWI attorneys take every legal step toward improving your future.
What is expungement?
A DWI expungement can help you get your life back on the right track. Once
a conviction is annulled, the law requires that the person be treated
as if they were never arrested and convicted except under certain circumstances.
New Hampshire law relating to annulments is changing in 2013 such that
annulled criminal convictions may remain on a record, but have an entry
on the record making clear that the conviction has been annulled. Undertaking
the annulment process can help protect your personal and professional
options moving forward. Successful annulment means that you can legally
state that you have never been convicted of a crime on your job applications.
You must wait a period of time following conviction and completion of a
sentence in order to annul a criminal offense. The period of time required
to annul a criminal conviction for DWI is longer than many other criminal
offenses. A person convicted of
Aggravated DWI must wait for 10 years from the date of conviction before filing a petition
to annul a DWI conviction.
If your expungement is approved, your DUI or DWI conviction will not be
erased, but it will be marked on your record as having been annulled and
you must be treated as if you have never been convicted. An annulled DWI
conviction may only be used against you in the future for purposes of
sentencing in a new Aggravated DWI case. Educational, employment and financial
applications often request information regarding criminal convictions
and the way you answer these critical questions may depend on successful
efforts to annul your criminal DWI conviction.
For further information and legal guidance,
contact our New Hampshire DWI lawyers from Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.!