Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

Columbia, MO DWI Expungement Lawyer

In the state of Missouri, there are a variety of criminal offenses that can be expunged or permanently removed from your criminal record, giving you the freedom to potentially have an easier time finding employment, going back to school, or receiving other necessary privileges. One category of offenses that you may have expunged from your record involves convictions and/or guilty pleas for alcohol-related driving offenses.

In order to get an alcohol-related offense expunged from your record, you are typically required to petition or apply to the court in the county where your conviction or guilty plea occurred, requesting the court to issue an order asking the Department of Revenue to expunge all records related to your conviction. An order requesting that all of the court’s own records be expunged will additionally be filed at the same time, effectively making your conviction disappear.

If you’ve been charged with a DWI (driving while intoxicated), DUI (driving under the influence), or MIP (minor in possession or under the influence of alcohol) conviction, taking the necessary steps to file an order to have the conviction removed from your records is highly recommended and can benefit your life in a tremendous way. With the help of a skilled and knowledgeable Columbia, MO DWI expungement lawyer, you can get the freedom you need and deserve.

Understanding Missouri DWI Expungement Laws

For alcohol-related driving offenses such as DWI and DUI convictions, Missouri law states the following:

“After a period of not less than ten years, an individual who has pleaded guilty or has been convicted for a first alcohol-related driving offense which is a misdemeanor or a county or city ordinance violation and which is not a conviction for driving a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and who since such date has not been convicted of any other alcohol-related driving offense may apply to the court in which he or she pled guilty or was sentenced for an order to expunge from all official records all recordations of his or her arrest, plea, trial or conviction.

If the court determines, after hearing, that such person has not been convicted of any subsequent alcohol-related driving offense, has no other subsequent alcohol-related enforcement contacts as defined in section 302.525, and has no other alcohol-related driving charges or alcohol-related enforcement actions pending at the time of the hearing on the application, the court shall enter an order of expungement…” (577.054.1 R.S.Mo.)”

What does this mean for you? The law requires that you petition or “apply” to the court in the county in which you were convicted and request the court to issue an order of expungement. You are able to request the order only if the following conditions are met:

  • It has been ten (10) years since you were convicted of or pled guilty to an alcohol-related driving offense
  • The conviction or guilty plea was related to your first alcohol-related driving offense and was a misdemeanor
  • You were not convicted of or pled guilty to driving a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence
  • Since the conviction, you have not been convicted of any other alcohol-related driving offenses
  • Since the conviction or guilty plea, you have had no subsequent alcohol-related enforcement contacts and/or alcohol-related driving charges on your record or that are pending at the time of the application/petition to the court

If any of the above requirements are not met, you will not likely be able to succeed in getting your conviction expunged.

Don't wait. We're ready to fight.
Call us at 502.473.6540 or fill out this form.

Contacting the Right Columbia, MO DWI Expungement Lawyer

As you can imagine, requesting an expungement can involve complicated work. A Columbia, MO DWI expungement lawyer will be able to argue on your behalf if a hearing is requested as well as help you file a petition that will give you the highest chance of success possible. Remember, even if you do meet all the above requirements, the final decision is always up to the court. Hiring a lawyer who is willing to speak on your behalf and talk highly of your personal conduct, etc., can make a world of difference.

If you need an alcohol-related driving conviction expunged from your record, it’s important to contact an attorney who has experience obtaining expungements. At Thomas Law Offices, our lawyers have had experience in obtaining expungements and can answer any questions you may have about the process. Call our office today to learn more.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out of pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Meet Our Founder

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Legal & Firm News

Two Nurses Arrested in Ohio for Nursing Home Resident Neglect

In April 2022, Sunrise Manor nursing home’s director of nursing and assistant nursing director were arrested for allegations of patient neglect. Christina Drake and Jennie Elliott are being investigated following a criminal complaint filed in regard to an incident that occurred in April 2020. The two nursing staff members are facing multiple first-degree misdemeanor charges, […]

Read More

What Injuries Do Unattended Children Most Commonly Suffer?

It is a tragedy when a child is killed or injured in an accident that could have been prevented. Most of the time, it only takes one attentive adult to stop these tragic incidents from happening. The personal injury lawyers at Thomas Law Offices look at what injuries unattended children most commonly suffer and⁠—more importantly—how […]

Read More

What Injuries Can Result From Slamming on the Brakes?

No matter how safely you may drive, you will undoubtedly encounter situations in which you will have to take significant evasive maneuvers to avoid a car accident. While avoiding a motor vehicle crash is virtually always preferable to a collision, there are times when the evasive action can also cause harm.

Read More
Tad Thomas on The National Crime Victim Bar Association
Tad Thomas on AVVO
Tad Thomas on Lawyer Minds
Tad Thomas on American Association for Justice
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Ohio Association for Justice
Kentucky Justice Association
Tad Thomas on Attorney at Law Magazine
Tad Thomas on Attorney at Law Magazine
2021 Public Justice Member
AAJ Masters of Trial Law: Champion