Kansas City Expungement Attorney
Kansas DUI Expungement Laws
As of July 2015, the Kansas Legislature reduced the waiting period for expungement of a first time DUI from 10 years to just 5 years! This ammendment also applies to a conviction for a first-time chemical test refusal. A second, third, or subsequent DUI conviction or chemical test refusal still holds a 10-year waiting period, however.
Expungement is a vital and necessary part of good legal representation, and Steve Schanker has years of success cleaning up arrest and conviction records for his clients. A person whose record has been expunged can state to a private employer that he or she has never been arrested, convicted or diverted for an offense, and such record cannot be disclosed by the authorities except under very limited circumstances. Expungement of felony offenses can also restore certain civil rights previously lost as a result of a conviction. The expungement process begins with an attorney filing a Petition for Expungement in the county of conviction.
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DUI/DWI Expungements in Missouri and Kansas
In Kansas, the threshold requirements for expungement are generally as follows:
Three years have passed since completion of the sentence; or five years have passed for certain crimes including driving while suspended, no insurance, and felonies involving a vehicle; five years have passed for a first-time DUI or chemical test refusal; or ten years have passed for second or subsequent DUI and chemical test refusal offenses; and
- The petitioner has not been convicted of a felony in the past two years and no such charges are pending or being instituted against the person; and
- The circumstances and behavior of the petitioner warrant the expungement as well as it being consistent with the public welfare.
In Missouri, the only offense that may be expunged is a first-time, misdemeanor DWI offense after ten years with similar qualifications as outlined above.
When you have a prior DUI record and are arrested again for a subsequent DUI violation, you can risk substantial penalties which can be increased drastically based on how many prior DUIs you have on your record. To protect your rights, it is advisable to retain a Kansas City DUI attorney immediately to determine whether the possibility of expungement might assist in reducing your
Attorney Steve Schanker has more than 20 years of experience assisting clients with their DWI cases and can work with you do help you get your conviction expunged.
Who Qualifies for Expungement?
Who qualifies for an expungement? Each case is unique and must be reviewed. The attorney will review your prior record and the current circumstances in order to determine the best course of action to take. If it appears you are eligible for an expungement, the firm will file the necessary legal motions to request that a prior DUI record be expunged. This can make a 2nd offense appear to be your first DUI offense, resulting in lower potential penalties. With a proven track record of success, you can benefit from his years of successful experience. Need a lawyer for a DUI in Kansas City?
Why risk a higher penalty and possible jail time, including license suspension, when a seasoned criminal defense lawyer can aggressively fight for your rights? Call today to find out how he can help.
Contact a Kansas City expungement lawyer if you are interested in expunging your record and enjoying the benefits of a clean slate.