This is a question we get all the time. You have a ticket on your record from a while ago that keeps coming up when you’re trying to get hired. Not to mention your insurance rates. Are you stuck with this on your record forever, or can you do something to remove it?
There are fifty-one answers to that question. Each state (and DC) has its own laws about expungement. We’ll go over a few of the common options; but if you want more info about your own state’s laws, please call us for more details.
Can I get my ticket expunged?
Sometimes, yes. But there’s a time limit. States that allow for traffic violations to be expunged from records often require a case to wait a certain amount of time (usually a few years) before it can be expunged. Either that, or the state will only let a case be expunged for a year or several after it is closed. If you let it stand past the time limit, it’s on the record forever.
Sometimes, no. But you usually have options. Some states will say “no” to regular traffic violations like speeding but might expunge more serious traffic violations like DUIs. The last major answer you’ll find is that expungement isn’t technically possible, but you have a way to set aside the original judgement and start the case over again for another try. This isn’t quite as nice as completely erasing a violation from your record, but having a second try at the case is better than no second try at all.
No matter what, if you want to change a violation on your record, here are some things you can expect about that process.
- It will be expensive. There are lots of parts to pay for, from filing fees to the time you’re spending talking back and forth with the courts.
- It will take a long time. Most expungement processes take a year or more to complete. It can’t be wrapped up nicely in a week so you can get back to job hunting. You’re in for the long haul.
- It isn’t always a guarantee. Before you get started, you’ll want to make sure that the process will work, not just on the court’s record but on your MVR (drivers license) record as well. In some states, you can start the process but get rejected after you’ve already put some work and money into it.
- You probably need an attorney. These are uncommon parts of intricate state laws. With the time and money commitment, you’ll want to make sure you’re doing everything right. The best way to make sure is to get help from an expert.
We have attorneys all over the country in every state with the knowledge of their states’ expungement laws and experience with successful expungements. If you are weighed down by old tickets tied to your record, give us a call to see what we can do to help.
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