Dealing With Arrest Records

When a person is convicted of driving under the influence in Connecticut, the offense goes on their criminal record. Under the Clean Slate Bill, your conviction may be eligible for automatic removal after a certain amount of time. If not, you can apply for a pardon. You can learn more about this process here.


If convicted of a Connecticut DUI, you face long-standing consequences such as having arrest records. This is because a DUI conviction means that you now have an arrest record. If you find that your DUI is seriously impacting your life, even years after your conviction, you should consider applying for a pardon. A pardon can help you move on from this experience and get on with your life. You can learn more about the pardon on this page.

Fighting Arrest Records – What is a Pardon?

After a certain amount of time passes, convicted criminals have the opportunity to apply for a pardon and clear arrest records. This is true for those convicted of DUI as well as those convicted of other crimes. A pardon can help you because it will erase your criminal history. This means that when people ask if you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime, you can say, “no.” Your DUI will basically get erased and your criminal history will be clean. This can be very useful when talking to potential employers, schools you want to apply to, or colleagues. If those people look up your criminal history, they will see that you have not been arrested.

Why Apply for a Pardon?

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Some people wonder if applying for a pardon will really be worth it. But, a pardon can help you a lot with your arrest records. After a DUI conviction, you have to disclose your criminal history to potential employers, to the military, and to schools that you want to apply to. This can make it difficult for you to fulfill your goals or even to simply work. A pardon gives you the second chance that you deserve. You will get a clean slate. This can help you make a living, further your education, and feel confident in yourself.

Types of Pardons

There are two main types of pardons that you can consider applying for. The first is an expungement pardon and the second is the provisional pardon. An expungement pardon erases your entire criminal history. If you get this type of pardon, you can say you have never been arrested when asked. This is because your criminal record will be erased. A provisional pardon differs in that it only expresses to employers that you are employable, despite your conviction. You can use the provisional pardon to try to get a job. Most people apply for expungement or full pardons. These types of pardons allow more opportunities if you can get one.

Pardon Eligibility

Connecticut has recently changed its pardon eligibility requirements. Most crimes committed in Connecticut now automatically are eligible for an expuqngmenet pardon under Connecticut new Clean Slate Bill. Most felonies and misdemeanors are eligible, although there are some exceptions, particularly for those convicted of family violence crimes or sexual assault crimes. However, the DUI is a crime that is usually included in the list of eligible crimes for the pardon.

Connecticut also now offers an expedited pardon process. This can really speed up the expungement process and help you erase your arrest records.

If you would like to apply for a Connecticut pardon to erase your arrest record due to a DUI conviction, contact Lady DUI to learn more.

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