March 20, 2009, Newsletter Issue #158: Where Are Criminal Records Kept?

Tip of the Week

When trying to negotiate an expungement or a similar action in another state, you will learn that criminal records are tracked by your state criminal justice system, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. While the criminal justice system will always track criminal histories, the Department of Motor Vehicles does not track these records indefinitely. This is good news for people with DUI information on their record. Criminal record expungement may or may not help unfavorable information drop from the DMV system sooner. Check with your lawyer for the applicable state laws governing DUI expungement or other legal action. If you seek expungement, you will be required to file a petition to the court, which means retaining legal help.

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