Question: Can a DUI that was reduced to a Georgia reckless driving charge be expunged or somehow removed from my record and if so how soon? I am accepted to nursing school but they will not take me with any criminal history convictions that relate to alcohol. So, if I get a DUI reduced to reckless driving, I don’t understand does that legal still mean I was charged with the DUI in some way? Or is the DUI complete dismissed and I am taking a different charge that has nothing to do with alcohol? Because, I don’t want to take a reckless driving charge if it is relating back to alcohol because I can’t continue may education. Can a reduced charge be “expunged or sealed” I don’t know if I am using the right terms but I am trying to figure out is there a way I can keep the school or state board from seeing anything related to my alcohol on my record. If it is possible to seal or expunge something like that how long does it take?
Answer: Technically if you are convicted or pled guilty to Georgia Reckless Driving it should not be considered an alcohol related offense. However, if an employer has access to your criminal history or motor vehicle report and the DUI charge/arrest is showing you may have to explain why the DUI charge resulted in a reckless driving conviction/plea. Many times in DUI cases any result that avoids a conviction for DUI and the resulting penalty is considered an excellent result. If you are currently facing a DUI charge you should contact a qualified and competent attorney to represent you as soon as possible.