DUI / DWI

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docnd
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DUI / DWI

Postby docnd » Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:14 pm

Is my DUI going to screw me up in the bar investigation or law school admissions? Is it even going to show up if I don't bring it up?

I'm around 40, and a long time ago, in 1995 I got a DUI in California. It was right after my father died, during some stupid greek-week activity, and quite honestly, it's a long, and probably irrelevant story where I slept in my car all night and drove home in the morning, got pulled over for speeding and when I rolled down my window, it REEKED of beer. I was right at 0.8, and had not the greatest advice, and just plead it guilty.

I plead guilty because I was young, and told what I think might be total lies. I was told at the time that IF I plead guilty, and if I go to classes, and if I don't violate again, and if I wait 3 years, it will go away, forever... be expunged, and all traces of it will be removed from my record. (they say if you get 1, you're chances are 80% or more of getting a second, I never have, never will, don't ever drink and drive even the next morning still, no where even worth the risk).

Anyway, it happened. It's 13 years later, I don't think it's on my driving record, and never seemed to show up on a background check. It's not been an issue in my life until now... when I see these "have you ever been arrested, where, when, and why" questions. I'd bet money that I could "forget" it and get in law school, but what would that matter if later I was "found out" at the bar exam?

What is this really going to do to my chances? How should I approach this issue?

Sammyler
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Re: DUI / DWI

Postby Sammyler » Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:20 pm

nope, not at all.

Just be honest about it

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Re: DUI / DWI

Postby docnd » Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:22 pm

Sammyler wrote:nope, not at all.

Just be honest about it

heh, I think you edited while I was replying... I see now. I guess I'll have to dig up the old paperwork, and try to find the info. Some of the applications want case numbers, if it was expunged, they might be hard to find... I'll end up doing my own background check just to get the info! :-)

--older reply--
Not going to matter at all? Or not going to show up at all? :D

Or... Not going to stand a chance to get in at all? :shock:

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Curious George
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Re: DUI / DWI

Postby Curious George » Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:49 pm

docnd wrote:
Sammyler wrote:nope, not at all.

Just be honest about it

heh, I think you edited while I was replying... I see now. I guess I'll have to dig up the old paperwork, and try to find the info. Some of the applications want case numbers, if it was expunged, they might be hard to find... I'll end up doing my own background check just to get the info! :-)

--older reply--
Not going to matter at all? Or not going to show up at all? :D

Or... Not going to stand a chance to get in at all? :shock:


If this happened like you say, basically don't worry at all.

I'd be up front and tell 'em it happened, I guarantee they're not going to care.

You've got a couple things on your side:

1. Time -- That was a long ass time ago.
2. Single instance. Had you gotten 2 more since then, it may be different, but it's just once.

One of the administration at a school I visited (I talked to in person), had two DUIs on his record shortly before applying to law school. He basically laughed it off* and said no one cares unless you've got like 5 of 'em, or if it was much more serious than just getting pulled over, like a bad wreck involving someone else.

In short, just tell them, and let out a big sigh because it's not going to hurt you.


(*I don't mean that he thought it was funny to get a DUI, I just mean how people who had a DUI thought that their lives were over and that they didn't have a chance at going to law school and would forever be haunted by a DUI.)

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Re: DUI / DWI

Postby RTR10 » Sun Jun 08, 2008 4:33 pm

The most important thing to the C&F committee is that you are up front and disclose things. There are people who have done terrible things that still pass the bar. Just own up to it.

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thedogship
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Re: DUI / DWI

Postby thedogship » Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:36 pm

^^^^ TITCR. Just be honest. The bar (and law schools) seem to care much more about lying, cheating, and stealing, i.e. things that seriously compromise one's ability to be an honest attorney. The number of practicing attorneys with DUIs on their record both before and after law school is legion.

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Re: DUI / DWI

Postby oliviaharis » Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:28 am

Being charged with DUI/DWI can therefore make life costly and difficult in many ways. If you believe that you have unfairly been accused of DUI/DWI it is important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Once you have been found guilty or have admitted to DUI/DWI you have to bear the consequences, so it is vital to get this charge sorted out through the proper channels in order to avoid the severe penalties that are attached to DUI/DWI.
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Re: DUI / DWI

Postby maria008 » Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:42 am

If you want to maintain your driving privileges after being charged with a drinking and driving offence, you must dispute the charge. Unlike most other criminal charges, a plea bargain is usually out of the question for a drinking and driving charge. Crown Attorneys are directed by their superiors to prosecute drinking and driving offences to their fullest extent.
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