Virginia DUI Records
When you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), everything from your arrest to the outcome of your case will become part of your public record. Because Virginia DUI records can be accessed by anyone, including employers, it is important to fight your charges to avoid the stigma of a drunk-driving conviction. A qualified DUI lawyer can help you obtain the best possible outcome in order to avoid a Virginia DUI record.
The federal government maintains a criminal database that can be accessed by law enforcement agencies across the nation. This information can be used to determine if certain restrictions should be imposed when an individual attempts to purchase a gun or applies to work in a school. It can also be used by the prosecutor when making bail and sentencing recommendations or negotiating a plea bargain.
Your DUI records may also be used to suspend your driver’s license in your home state if you were convicted of DUI in another state. Under the Interstate Driver’s License Compact agreement, the state that convicted you of drunk-driving must notify your home state about the offense. Even if your home state fails to receive notification, the suspension will show up on your criminal record should you be pulled over for another offense.
Many companies conduct background checks before extending a job offer, especially if you are applying for a position in a bonded or licensed profession. If you have been convicted of drunk driving, this will show up on your Virginia DUI records. Unfortunately, you could lose out on valuable employment opportunities if your potential employer requires a clean criminal record.
Many courts are beginning to put their records online today. This means that anyone, from a nosy neighbor to a family member, could potentially find this information for free. And even if it isn’t available on the court’s website, an individual could pay an investigator to uncover your records.
The only way to avoid a Virginia DUI record is to successfully fight your case. The Law Office of Michael C. Tillotson has helped numerous clients obtain the acquittal, dismissal, and reduction of their DUI charges. To learn how we can defend your case, contact our law office today to schedule a free consultation.
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