How does getting a DUI affect my record and how long does it stay on there? 50 Answers as of July 12, 2013

How does getting a DUI affect my record and how long does it stay on there?

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Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
Forever, but the current law only looks back five years for enhancement. Stay well.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 6/7/2011
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
A DUI is used as a prior for new DUI's for ten years. It will always be on your record.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/7/2011
Harris Law Firm
Harris Law Firm | Jennifer C. Robins
In Oregon, a DUII stays on your record for life. The one possible exception is if the case is never filed, you may be able to expunge the arrest.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 6/8/2011
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
In Michigan, a DUI will remain on your record with points for 2 years. Without points, it will stay on youir driving record, since if you have 3 over any period of years, it can be a felony. On your criminal record, it will always be on your record I hope this was helpful.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/7/2011
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
A DWI is a criminal record and it will be on the NYSID computer forever. It will be a criminal conviction that will hurt your chances of getting a good job or career and will likely cost you a fortune in car insurance. You should retain a good criminal attorney if you are ever arrested again to try to get the best possible results under the circumstances. At least you did not hurt yourself or others and you will still be able to get some good jobs even with a DWI conviction.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/6/2011
    Nichols Law Firm
    Nichols Law Firm | Michael J. Nichols
    It is a permanent stain on your record.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/7/2011
    The Law Offices of Dustan Neyland
    The Law Offices of Dustan Neyland | Dustan Neyland
    Being convicted of an intoxication offense will always stay on your criminal record. A conviction could cause your insurance rates to increase and limit some job opportunities.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 6/7/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    Your DUI situation requires the attention of a lawyer. Not hiring a lawyer is one of the biggest mistakes by people in your situation. I have specialized in this area of the law for over 30 years in your area and have seen how people regret the fact that they did not hire a successful attorney to help them in their time of need. One who represents themself has a fool for a client. Feel free to call me to answer any additional questions.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/7/2011
    The Law Firm of David Jolly
    The Law Firm of David Jolly | David Jolly
    A DUI may have a significant impact on your record, or may little impact depending on your individual situation. Some of the negative impacts include the requirement of an Ignition Interlock Device in your car (for at least one year), suspension of your license, travel restrictions, SR 22 insurance, and the requirement of probation (and violations of probation result in 30 days mandatory jail time). In Washington State a DUI conviction is on your record for life - yes for life! You cannot "vacate" (Expunge - remove) a DUI conviction from your criminal history in this State. If you have any questions regarding this issues or others, or wish to discuss how to avoid a DUI conviction please contact my office or check out my website.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    LynchLaw
    LynchLaw | Michael Thomas Lynch
    Currently a DUI conviction will count as a prior for ten years, even if you get it expunged. It use to be seven years, and it may go up again.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    A DUI conviction in Kansas under current law remains on your record for life. There is legislation currently pending that would limit the record to ten years, but that legislation has not yet been passed.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Records are forever. DUIs count as a prior for ten years, and dramatically affect you employability, insurance, etc. If you are facing DUI charges, of course you can fight it. Raise all possible defenses with whatever admissible and credible witnesses, evidence and facts are available for legal arguments, for evidence suppression or other motions, or at trial. Effective plea-bargaining, using those defenses, could possibly keep you out of jail, or at least dramatically reduce it. Go to trial if it can't be resolved with motions or a plea bargain. If you don't know how to do these things effectively, then hire an attorney that does, who will try to get a dismissal, diversion, reduction or other decent outcome through plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate. If serious about hiring counsel to help you in this, and if this is in SoCal courts, feel free to contact me. Ill be happy to help use whatever defenses there may be. If you are facing DUI charges, keep in mind a little free advice: When you are arrested for DUI, whether alcohol or drugs, then upon release from jail or booking you were given documents that included a notice that you have only ten days to file a request with DMV for a hearing on an appeal of an automatic one-year suspension of your license imposed by DMV. That is separate and runs consecutively with any suspension that may be imposed by the court. Contact DMV and do so, timely, then appear at your scheduled DMV hearing and present any supporting evidence and testimony. If you don't know how to do these things, then hire an attorney that does. If serious about hiring counsel to help you in this, and if this is in SoCal courts, feel free to contact me.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman | Gabriel Dorman
    A DUI will stay on your record forever, unless you get it expunged as some time after you have completed your probation. However, that DUI conviction can and will be used against you as a prior DUI conviction on any subsequent DUI arrest that happens within the next 10 years of that conviction. A prior DUI conviction(s) serve to enhance the penalties and punishments associated with DUIs. I hope this answer was helpful. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
    It stays on your DMV record for 10 years. It stays on your criminal record forever, although it is possible to expunge it after completion of probation ( 3 years )
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
    If you are convicted of Driving While under the Influence of Alcohol, as a Misdemeanor, it is a conviction for a crime and that goes on your criminal record, which in NY stays with you for life. Sorry, but that's the way it is in NY. The best thing you can do is hire an experienced and competent criminal defense lawyer and fight the charges so you don't wind up with a criminal record. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    How does getting a DUI affect my record: It gives you a permanent criminal record. how long does it stay on there?: Forever What you should do is retain our office to represent you to prevent a criminal conviction.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre | Jonathan T. Sarre
    A DUII, if it is a conviction, will likely affect your record in two ways. It will be on your "record" as a criminal conviction, meaning potential employers and others may want to know about it, which is why many job applications ask if you've been convicted of a crime. The weight they choose to give the conviction is up to them, obviously it's going to be a big deal for jobs that require driving, but if you're looking at an office job, they may not care. The other way it will affect your record would deal with your driving history. In Oregon, where I practice, people who are convicted of a DUII are looking at a minimum one-year license suspension. Depending on what your driving history is, the DMV may take additional action. Insurance companies will also take negative action unfortunately. They may raise your premiums or even drop you. Finally, again this only applies to Oregon but a DUII is non-expungeable, which means it stays on your criminal record forever (although it will be less meaningful the longer you stay out of trouble). Driving record-wise, after five years, it becomes less important, but like with your criminal record, it is still there.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Law Office of Andrew Subin
    Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
    Not sure what you mean by your "record." A dui is a misdemeanor so carries none of the penalties of a felony conviction. However, in Washington, it is very difficult to get a DUI off your criminal history after you have been convicted.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    If by your record you mean your criminal record then it stays there for life. However if you mean your driving record it will also be on your record for life but in terms of enhancement of any sentence for a future offense ( if there is one ) it lasts for 10 years.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann | Christopher J. McCann
    A DUI is usually a misdemeanor conviction. It will stay on your record until you have it expunged, or dismissed, from your record. Even then, it can be used for 10 years after as a "prior" and used to enhance any future DUI charges.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If your case gets thrown out, or you are discharged after a trial, you can get the arrest expunged from your record right away. However, if you are convicted of the offense, or placed on supervision, that can never be erased from your record, nor can it be sealed. However, in case of supervision, this information is only available to law enforcement agencies or the courts, not insurance companies.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Bloom Legal, LLC
    Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
    In Louisiana, a DUI conviction can be used against you for a period of 10 years. This means that if you were to be arrested for another DUI within that 10 year period your charges would be enhanced (potentially up to a felony). In terms of your criminal record, a DUI will remain indefinitely (even though it can no longer be held against you in criminal terms after 10 years) unless you take action to have it removed. This action is referred to as the expungement process. Our office handles a large number of DUI defense cases as well as expungements. If you are interested in seeking legal representation in this matter in Louisiana, we invite you to contact our firm at the information on this page for a free case evaluation.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    It depends on where you live. NH keeps DWI on record for 10 years. If you have a subsequent within the 10 years much harsher consequences occur. Insurance companies will put you in a high risk category for 5 years after a DWI. It will remain on your record for life unless you seek to have it annulled.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
    A DUI or OWI conviction will potentially stay on your record for a very long time. However, it depends on your particular circumstances. If you wished to challenge your DUI or OWI conviction, you may still have appellate options depending on the date of your conviction. You should consult with an attorney about your particular circumstances if you need specific legal advice. This answer does not contain specific legal advice. Every state is different. In some instances, a person may have been part of a diversionary program which may impact how long a OWI or DUI conviction stays on their public record. If a person was a juvenile at the time of the offense, that may impact how long it stays on their record. In Michigan, however, DUI's or OWI's cannot be expunged because they are considered "traffic offenses." In Michigan, DUI's or OWI's stay on a person's driving record and criminal history for a very long time. However, there may be steps a person can take to ameliorate the consequences of a DUI or OWI conviction. You should consult with an attorney regarding your options. Most attorneys provide free initial consultations.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    A conviction for DUI is a permanent record.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    It may affect subsequent punishments for 10 years but judges and law enforcement can often obtain access to such conviction indefinitely.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Law Office of Michael Moody
    Law Office of Michael Moody | Michael Moody
    It is a misdemeanor that stays on your record for life.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    DUI is a major traffic violation, it currently can be used against you for purposes of enhancement for 12 years. You insurance rates go way up and if convicted you have to carry SR-22 insurance. The economic costs are between $5000 to $10,000 and you may have trouble finding or keeping a job.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    If you are convicted of DUI or DWAI it may result in the loss of your drivers license for a time period (different length of time depending on circumstances). It will remain on your record forever. You should consult with a lawyer for sure.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    A DUI, the actual term today is OWI, is a criminal offense that stays on your record forever. A second OWI offense within 7 years can result in a total loss of your driving privileges. There are also other penalties that you would be required to pay such as a driver's responsibility fee to the Secretary of State not to mention what will happen to your car insurance.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    A DUI is a criminal offense and stays on your record forever. On the driving record the points associated with it drop off after a while; but it stays forever. If you get two of them AT ANY TIME then they can charge you with a felony that carries 5 years in prison if you get a third one.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Giannini Law Office, PC
    Giannini Law Office, PC | Robert Giannini
    A DUI conviction will stay on your record forever. I have heard so many people say it comes off after 5 years, 7 years, 10 years, etc. That is just not true. Unlike most marriages, a DUI conviction is forever. It can keep you from getting hired for some jobs and can affect your insurance rates. But remember that just because you were arrested it does not mean that you will automatically be convicted. Find a good DUI attorney in your area and consult with him/her.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    LT Pepper Law
    LT Pepper Law | Luke T. Pepper
    If it is your first offense and you meet other qualifications, you will be offered a diversion program called ARD which if completed will allow your record to remain clean.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    What do you mean by affect your record? Do you mean your driving record or public arrest record? As for your driving record, it can include points which can result in your license being suspended and/or restricted. The points will stay on your license for two years. If your license is suspended you will have to wait the requisite waiting period, pay your driver's responsibility fees of $2,000 and apply to the DADD to have it re-instated. As for your public arrest record, it will stay on there forever unless you have it expunged. You will have to wait five years and make sure there is nothing else on your record including misdemeanors and felonies. You can then apply to have it expunged from your public record.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/6/2011
    The Law Firm of Aaron Bortel Esq.
    The Law Firm of Aaron Bortel Esq. | Aaron Bortel
    A DUI will stay on your criminal record forever. It can be used as a prior DUI if you get another DUI within ten years from the arrest date of your first DUI.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    If you are convicted of a DWI, it remains on your record indefinitely. Any subsequent offense within 10 years becomes far more serious and would be charged, at a minimum, as a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $3000 fine. On a first offense, your license would be revoked for a minimum of 30 to 90 days and it may be longer depending on the facts of the case.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law
    Michael R. Nack, Attorney at Law | Michael R. Nack
    What state are you in?
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 7/12/2013
    West law Office
    West law Office | Russell West
    The Department of Licensing generally will look back 7 years for any previous DUI's if you get a 2nd DUI. Insurance companies require SR22 insurance for 3 years after receiving a DUI.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz
    Law Office of Joseph A. Katz | Joseph A. Katz
    A DUI is bad, bad news in many, many ways. It stays on your record forever, and is priorable for ten years. That is, both the Criminal Law Courts and the DMV will reach back ten years from the current offense. If you have one prior in that period, the new DUI is your second, and so on. Your fourth can be filed as a felony. They will certainly do so in Riverside County. You can file a Motion to Dismiss (Penal Code section 1203.4) after you are off of probation (generally, 3 years), but that relief is extremely limited. It will come up in employment and background checks, depending upon the circumstances,thirty years from now. Tell whoever it is, at that point, to go to Hades, but still... It could be one of the chief nuisances of your life. It really depends upon your goals and career. Sure, so-called 'President' Bush had a DUI (http://articles.cnn.com/2000-11-02/politics/bush.dui_1_arrest-from-news-reports-george-w-bush-kennebunkport-police?_s=PM:ALLPOLITICS; 1976), not to mention his earlier cocaine arrest (http://www.salon.com/news/feature/1999/10/18/cocaine; 1972)but then again, how many people have you ever heard of who could graduate from Yale by having their father donate a building to the college, or repeatedly be AWOL from a military assignment without being charged or brought up on an Article 15 proceeding? Say again?! It seems, and we are certainly having rubbed in our faces, that money, connections and corruption will trump the law almost every time, unfortunately. See: http://www.americanpolitics.com/111399Koopersmith.html. If you have that kind of pull, then by all means, cease to worry.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    It affects the prosecution and sentencing for future offenses, especially DUII, your driver's license, and your insurance. It makes it harder to get US citizenship and to travel to some countries, including Canada. It will stay on your record forever, under current law.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
    Here is an expungement guide I put together for my clients: I. Expungement of First Alcohol-Related Offense: (this expunges the arrest as well as the conviction!) 1. Is it at least 10 years since the date of the guilty plea/conviction? 2. Was it your first offense? 3. Was it a misdemeanor/ordinance violation only? 4. No other alcohol related convictions* since then? 5. No other alcohol related suspensions/revocations of your license? YOU MUST ANSWER YES TO QUESTIONS 1-5 6. Were you driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the offense? 7. Do you now have a CDL or are required to have a CDL? YOU MUST ANSWER NO TO QUESTIONS 6-7 If you have further questions, please feel free to contact my office.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Forever in Michigan. It cannot be expunged and will be visible on a driving record and criminal record for life. Unless they change the law.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Meaney & Patrin, P.A.
    Meaney & Patrin, P.A. | Derek Patrin
    A DWI conviction will be entered on your permanent criminal record and your permanent driving record. There is no way to get these entries removed once they are there. The only opportunity you ever have to keep these entries off your record is to challenge the criminal case and file a civil petition to challenge the license revocation in court. There are numerous grounds to challenge a DWI case, even if you feel that you are guilty. Do not assume that there is no way to keep your case off your record just because you tested over the legal limit. Constitutional arguments, procedural technicalities, and factual discrepancies could all lead to dismissal of a case, depending on the individual circumstances of each case. It is best to consult with an attorney who devotes a majority of his/her practice fighting DWI cases.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Law Office of Tim W. Avery
    Law Office of Tim W. Avery | Tim W. Avery
    If you are convicted, it remains on your record permanently.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Howard W. Collins, Attorney at Law
    Howard W. Collins, Attorney at Law | Howard W. Collins
    A DUII diversion or conviction remains on your record indefinitely.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Mercado & Hartung
    Mercado & Hartung | Stephanie Hartung
    A DUI conviction in Washington State always stays on your record. The consequences of the DUI will depend on your BAC level but will include jail, a fine, a license suspension, SR-22 insurance, probation, an alcohol evaluation plus any recommended treatment, and attendance at a DUI Victim Impact Panel. If you have been charged with DUI, but it is not yet resolved it is a good idea for you to speak with a DUI attorney as it may be possible to have your charged reduced to a lower charge that doesn't have the consequences listed above.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Attorneys of Michigan, PLLC
    Attorneys of Michigan, PLLC | Daniel Hajji
    In Michigan, a DUI/OWI stays on your record forever.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/3/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    It stays forever unless you have it expunged. It affects your record by giving you a misdemeanor conviction, 2 points on your driving record, increase in insurance for at least 7 years, and your credit may be affected.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/3/2011
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