Outcome: Petition Granted & Reckless Driving Conviction Dismissed
Description:It was a busy day at the Hall of Justice, especially trying to get into Department 18 for an expungement petition for a former DUI client of mine in San Francisco. Truly, the real work was done by me when I represented him two years ago for his original DUI charge. In that case, I was able to get the DUI charges dismissed in exchange for a plea to the reduced charge of reckless driving.
Although this was still a misdemeanor conviction, Client's probation was significantly reduced resulting in our eligibility for an expungment well before the standard three to five years that is required for a DUI conviction. Since the original reckless driving conviction only had an 18 month requirement, and the client had paid all his fines and completed his DUI School, he was now eligible for expungement. We appeared together today in Department 18 and the Honorable Kathleen Kelly granted our petition and signed the order which dismissed the client's only criminal conviction.
Everyone in California who has suffered a misdemeanor conviction and sentenced to a term of probation, like all DUI and reckless driving convictions, can have their conviction expunged from their criminal record and should consult with a qualified DUI lawyer.