Yes. But only if you win at trial or the Government is willing to dismiss the charges against you. I frequently get a bewildered look from folks charged with a DUI or Driving with Suspended/Revoked License when I answer their question.
Yes. I understand that you knew a guy who got caught with ______________ (Fill in the Blank)
and the charges were thrown out or dismissed but in Illinois, a DUI charge or Driving with a Suspended/Revoked License is different.
These offenses, even if you have never been charged with anything before in your entire life, are not expugnable or sealable. They remain a part of your criminal background. They don’t fall off after you have successfully completed treatment, paid your court fees and fines, or done your volunteer work or SWAP.
Given that reality, the most important thing you can do is avoid being charged with these offenses in the first place. I know, you don’t live your life thinking about avoiding criminal charges for driving but perhaps you should. If you’ve already been charged then you need to quickly get to a knowledgeable defense attorney who can provide you with the information you need to make the best decision.