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New Maryland DUI/DWI expungement law coming soon

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2024 | Drunk Driving

Just ahead of the July 4th weekend, Maryland is set to implement a significant change to its laws for driving under the influence (DUI). It will allow for the expungement of certain alcohol-involved driving offenses, offering individuals the opportunity for a fresh start.

Here is what motorists in the state should know about the law.

Expanded eligibility

Under the new statute, DUI and driving while impaired (DWI) cases that concluded with probation before judgment (PBJ) are now eligible for expungement. With current and previous laws, these offenses remained on a person’s record indefinitely, perhaps permanently.

Understanding the process

To apply for expungement, individuals must file a petition with the court that handled their DUI case. The petition should detail the grounds for the request, and once filed, the state’s attorney will review it.

Impact on individuals

The law’s adjustments aim to provide second chances to those who have demonstrated positive change in behavior and adherence to legal requirements. It recognizes the potential for personal growth and the importance of allowing individuals to move beyond past mistakes.

Key considerations

Eligibility for expungement depends on several factors, including the nature of the violation, the case’s final disposition and any subsequent criminal history. A legal representative can help determine your eligibility and guide you through the expungement process.

Maryland’s new DUI/DWI expungement law is a progressive step toward rehabilitation and reintegration for individuals with past DUI offenses. It could represent a pivotal turning point, enabling them to obtain a much-needed fresh start in life. As the effective date approaches, understanding more about the law is vital if you wish to take advantage of its provisions.