As most drivers in Arizona already know, a DUI conviction can be bad news. Not only might it come with fines or even a prison sentence, you could even lose your driver's license for a period of time or be required to have an ignition interlock device fitted to your vehicle. Another major problem that can be caused by a conviction for drunk driving is the mark that it leaves on your criminal record.
The issue is that some employers may be unwilling to hire you if you have a conviction. Similarly, you could struggle in credit application and even have problems when trying to rent an apartment. No matter how long ago the conviction occurred, it could still have a negative impact on your life. Furthermore, even a record of an arrest can be detrimental, regardless of whether or not you were ultimately convicted.
However, as this article on DUI charges explains, some states enable people to have certain convictions hidden. This process is often known as expungement. It is not permitted in every state and some states allow only arrests to be expunged. However, if your prior arrest or conviction is having a detrimental effect on your life, it might be an option to consider.
An attorney may be able to advise you on the process of expungement and whether you might be able to apply for it. Similarly, if you are faced with drunk driving charges, your attorney may also be able to assist you with building your defense and working to clear your name.