As a Hall County DUI lawyer, I am often asked about expungements. People call my office from time to time and want to know if they can get something expunged from their record. I recently received a call from a woman in Flowery Branch who was concerned about something that her daughter was convicted of 15 years ago. When you are arrested for DUI in Hall County, the ticket you receive from the officer acts as a formal accusation charging you with DUI. This stays on your driving record. However, a charge does not mean a conviction. The state has to prove that the Defendant was guilty of driving under the influence beyond a reasonable doubt in order to convict. This is a high burden for the prosecuting attorney to meet. DUI charges in Hall County are challenged and won all the time by effective and experienced DUI attorneys. People often plead guilty to drunk driving charges and then years later inquire about getting the conviction expunged. Expungement is when charges and convictions are deleted from the individuals driving and criminal histories. A DUI cannot be expunged. Convictions for DUI can have implications in the future and affect work, license, and educational plans. If you are unjustly charged with DUI, you need not plead guilty. Instead, consult with a DUI lawyer to discuss the unique facts of your case and any defenses that may apply. Keep in mind that after a guilty plea is made, it cannot be retracted and you must face the ramifications of a DUI conviction for years to come on both your criminal and driving record. Call the Law Offices of Richard Lawson today for a free consultation with an attorney specializing in DUI defense in Flowery Branch Georgia, or in the greater Hall County area.