Louisville, KY asked in Traffic Tickets for Kentucky

Q: Community Service for "Drivers License Not On Person"?? Do I need this expunged? Is this a serious charge?

I was pulled over and did not have my drivers license with me. Unknown to me, my license had also expired 5 days earlier. (Kentucky stopped sending notices for license renewal, I simply had not noticed mine expired). I was told all I needed to do was go to court and show I had a license. I renewed my license the very next morning when the DMV opened. My court date fell on a day that I was going to be out of state, so I hired an Atty to appear. I have NO record, no speeding or parking tickets so I wasn't too concerned and thought it would be simple. Afterwards a letter came stating I had been given the option of having a misdemeanor on my record for "license not on person" or serve 10 hours of community service. I did the 10 hours of community service and my case was dismissed. Now I've been sent a letter saying that I'll need to have my case expunged, otherwise its all public record. Why did I do the community service if it's still on my record? Should I expunge this?

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Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: You did the community service in exchange for g Hy acing the case dismissed. You should now expunge the dismissal so there’s never any record of it again.

Benjamin "Tom" T.D. Pugh
Benjamin "Tom" T.D. Pugh
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Covington, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: So, if your charges are indeed dismissed, you have the option to have the charge expunged 60 days after dismissal. You can pay a lawyer to do it, or you can try to do it yourself. You'll need to get a KSP certification first, that the charge is eligible for expungement. Her is a link for that: https://kycourts.gov/Expungement/Pages/process.aspx. It costs $40. Follow the instructions. As soon as you get the certification, you have I think 30 days to file a petition for expungement in the county where the charge is. Here is another link to help you out, so you can fill out the petition to have the charges expunged: http://www.cleanslatekentucky.com/ and http://www.cleanslatekentucky.com/instructions.html. This should get you started. And if you are not sure, contact a local lawyer in your area to assist you. Best of luck.

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