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The Expungement Law and Its Relation To Traffic Violations and Your Car Insurance in NJ

Car Insurance in NJ law concerning Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is said to be a bit lenient as compared to other states. However, this does not mean that it lets intoxicated drivers go unpunished. A DUI arrest in one’s driving history is a very serious offense and will obviously affect your auto insurance premiums for a long time. Driving history is a major issue in all auto insurance companies even in the great state of New Jersey. First of all, you will not be able to access cheap insurance benefits from a clean driving record. With a DUI charge, you will be viewed as a high auto insurance risk. A repeat DUI arrest will only make things worse in that your premiums will increase even further.

Despite all this you can still have the DUI charge removed from our driving record. Here’s introducing the Expungement Law. It is also referred to as the sealing law. It erases or conceals a conviction from an individual’s criminal record. The details of the law vary from state to state while some do not even recognize it. This law can only be applicable to an individual in special circumstances. The most common reason is to be able to pass a background check from a potential employer. This happens mostly if not all employers in all fields of work do background checks of an individual before offering them a job in their companies.

A DUI felony in this aspect can greatly affect your chances of getting a job or even securing a promotion for that matter. This is evident even in fields that do not involve driving as part of the job. When filling out a job application form, there is a question on whether or not you have been convicted of a felony to which you will either answer yes or no. With a good DUI attorney to argue your predicament before the court, your DUI conviction can be expunged from your record and you can easily answer no to the above questions in your job application. Lying on one’s job application is not advisable but in this case, you will not be even if the employer were to check your criminal record, your DUI conviction will not appear.

However, the Expungement law or sealing law does not apply to all cases. A first drunk driving offense is considered by law a prior able offense. This is to say that once your first DUI offense is expunged from your criminal history, a consecutive arrest will be regarded as a second DUI offense. This means that your offence will be treated with all the seriousness that comes with a repeat offender. In short, your initial DUI conviction will come into light in this aspect.

Car Insurance in NJ views all expungements as misdemeanors. The law is different in all states. To find a good DUI attorney to advise you on the Expungement Law, enter your Zip at the beginning of this page.