The Alabama legislature in the 2018 session is proposing a bill that will affect DUI expungement for youthful offenders. The bill as originally proposed was going to allow expungement for youthful offenders who had admitted to being a youthful offender, even in DUI cases. The amended bill makes a DUI exception and specifically excludes DUI from this portion of the bill. Under the proposed bill, if a youthful offender (individual between 18 and 21 at the time of the offense and is granted YO status) admits to being a youthful offender and the underlying charge is DUI, he or she cannot get an expungement. In the past it was unclear as to whether an individual who is successful with the DUI charge and is also granted youthful offender status, can get an expungement. The apparent reason for this is probably because youthful offender is a “status” offense and not a criminal offense. Hopefully this bill, if passed, will allow expungement of the arrest records in that circumstance. This was written by Phillip B. Price, Sr. in Huntsville Alabama. He is Board Certified as a DUI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense as sanctioned by the American Bar Association. You may contact him through his website at www.alabamaDUIattorney.com.