In Illinois, a drunk driving conviction will remain on a driver’s record for the rest of his or her life. A state lawmaker wants to change that, allowing eligible drivers the opportunity for a second chance. She says that DUI laws should change as they result in long-term punishment for drivers who made a one-time mistake. She believes some DUIs should be sealed on a driver’s criminal record.
The lawmaker recently proposed a bill regarding the sealing of DUIs. It has already received approval from the Judiciary Criminal Committee. She calls it a bill of second chances. It will not expunge DUI convictions, but it will seal them so that they will not appear in background checks in the future. The bill outlines certain criteria for a DUI to be sealed:
- It must be at least 10 years since the end of the person’s sentence.
- The DUI did not result in the injury or death of another motorist.
- The person had not been previously convicted of DUI or under supervision for a DUI.
- The driver does not have another type of felony or misdemeanor driving conviction on his or her record.
This could make it easier for those who have been convicted of a DUI to get employment, housing and pass background checks for other purposes.
Avoiding a DUI
It is important to protect one’s future interests by fighting a conviction for drunk driving, After a DUI arrest, an Illinois driver can prepare a strong defense strategy that will allow him or her to challenge the case brought by the prosecution. Depending on the situation, it maybe possible to avoid a conviction or mitigate the potential penalties one is facing.