A DUI can be expunged in Maryland if a select disposition or outcome in the case occurrs. What in the world does that mean? In short, it is legal talk for: It depends on what happened when the defendant appeared in Court. The general rule is a “DUI in Maryland cannot be expunged,” however, there are exceptions to the rule. If the defendant receives a PBJ or Guilty finding, the DUI and DWI charges cannot be removed from the records.
What is Expungement?
Expungement is the destruction or removal of criminal and police records. If a criminal/traffic case is eligible, a lawyer or the defendant may file a petition to have that record expunged from the Maryland court and police records. Expungement will also remove records from the Maryland Judiciary Case Search.
What is a DUI in Maryland?
DUI stands for “Driving under the influence” or ‘Driving under the influence per se.” Drunk driving statutes in Maryland have various sections and subsections, but in most criminal prosecutions for drunk driving, a person will be charged with DUI and DWI. The Maryland DUI laws can be found under the Maryland Transportation Article 21-902. There the legislature has defined what is to be considered illegal operation of a motor vehicle while impaired or under the influence of alcohol, drugs, drugs and alcohol or controlled dangerous substances.
When a DUI Cannot Be Expunged in Maryland
Let’s start with the scenarios when a DUI or DWI cannot be expunged in Maryland. If you appear in Court and you receive a PBJ (probation before judgment) or are found “guilty,” then you will never be able to expunge the DUI from your record.
PBJ for a DUI, Why It Can’t be Expunged?
For most other crimes and traffic violations in Maryland, a PBJ can be expunged after a 3 year waiting period from the end of probation or the date it was entered, whichever is later. However, there is an exception for DUI and DWI charges under TA 21-902. This rule is contained in Maryland Criminal Procedure 10-105(a)(3) and states in part:
“A person who has been charged with the commission of a crime, including a violation of the Transportation Article for which a term of imprisonment may be imposed…..may file a petition listing relevant facts for expungement of a police record, court record, or other record maintained by the State or a political subdivision of the State if…..(3) a probation before judgment is entered, unless the person is charged with a violation of § 21–902 of the Transportation Article…”
When a DUI or DWI Can Be Expunged in Maryland
There are cases when a DUI or DWI can be expunged. If the defendant’s DUI or DWI charges result in a:
Under these four outcomes or dispositions, a DUI or DWI can be expunged in Maryland. If you are facing a DUI or DWI and are concerned about how it will affect your record, talk to our DUI defense lawyer today to understand the expungement process in Maryland and how to keep a DUI or DWI conviction off your record.