The simple answer to this question is NO. But there may be ways to prevent a prior conviction from affecting you, if you're later charged with another DUI. New Jersey does not allow an expungement for any motor vehicle offense. From the time you first get your license until the time you die, every violation or relevant event, remains on your driving abstract. With each DUI conviction the penalties increase. Usually, unless there are certain aggravating circumstances, a first DUI will not result in any jail time and a license suspension of between 3 and 12 months will be imposed. For a second offense, depending on the Alcotest reading, or if other aggravating factors are present some judges may impose some jail time. However, a third conviction requires 180 day jail sentence, and the judge must impose that jail sentence.
Although prior DUI convictions may not be expunged, there are times when a prior DUI may not be counted as a prior DUI for sentencing purposes. For example, being charged and convicted for a second or more DUI, the penalties you may receive may those imposed fr a first or second DUI. There are several ways this may occur, one being if more than ten years has passed since your prior DUI.
Only an experienced DUI attorney will know all of the ways to fight your DUI and/or limit the penalties you face. I have over 25 years experience successfully defending people charged with DUI. Call me for a free consultation. I'll explain the charges and how I can help you.
All the Best!
Randy C. Redden