3/17/2014: SOLANO COUNTY (FAIRFIELD) PETITION FOR EARLY TERMINATION OF DUI PROBATION & EXPUNGEMENT
Outcome: PETITION GRANTED, DUI PROBATION TERMINATED EARLY & DUI CONVICTION DISMISSED
Description: I represented client about a year and a half ago for a Solano County DUI arrest where she blew a .16% BAC after drinking away the fact that she and her boyfriend of eight years had just broken up. She received the minimum three years of probation, but now only half way done, she found herself out of a job and looking for work in a highly competitive market. The present DUI conviction and probation created an insurmountable hurdle to getting even an interview. Since she had no other criminal history and completed all of her probation requirements, we petitioned the court for early termination of the DUI probation and an expungement of the DUI conviction. Honestly, I wasn't overly optimistic considering that District Attorney's routinely object to these petitions and judges are inclined to deny them absent extraordinary circumstances. Today, I was pleasantly surprised when the DA did not object and the court granted the petition. In the end, client's DUI probation was terminated and the conviction expunged thus allowing her to deny she had ever been convicted on her subsequent employment applications. I wish her the best as I know she learned a lesson from this ordeal and highly doubt she'll ever be a client again, which is a good thing!