What Is Public Record?
Criminal court records, which provide a detailed record of all court proceedings and all components of a case, are public record. A criminal record may include arrests, pending charges, dismissed charges, and acquitted charges. If you are charged with, tried for, or convicted of driving while under the influence, a record of the court proceedings and final outcome will be public information, unless and until your record has been expunged.
Unfortunately, this does mean that DUI allegations and a record of your traffic court case (including your initial arrest and interaction with law enforcement) will be public record, even if you were not ultimately charged with a crime. However, your record will show evidence of all dismissed charges and acquittals.
Who Can Access My DUI Record?
A public record is exactly that. Obtaining access to someone’s criminal record, which would include a DUI charge, can be as easy as dropping in at the nearest courthouse and making an information request.
Employers, landlords, educational institutions, and government agencies will often require you to complete a criminal record check. Some employers, especially those who require you to operate company vehicles, will be specifically interested in your driving history and will be able to access it through the court system.
What if I Need Help Defending a DUI Charge?
Attorney Steven Tomeo is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and is highly knowledgeable when it comes to DUI laws. As such, we are not only committed to protecting the rights of drivers, but we are equipped to determine the best course of action in your traffic court case and help you secure the best possible result. If you need assistance defending a DUI charge or help navigating your traffic court case, don’t wait—call (860) 524-8118 now to schedule your complimentary consultation.